Filipino peacekeepers - updates

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First batch of PH peacekeepers completes Ebola quarantine

Dec 02, 2014 - 6:35 PM

The military sets a belated Heroes Welcome for the peacekeepers on Thursday December 4

EBOLA-FREE: Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia complete the 21-day quarantine. ​Photos by Army Major Gerard Alvaran

Last batch of PH peacekeepers from Liberia now home

Nov 25, 2014 - 5:48 PM

The peacekeepers are undergoing a 3 week quarantine at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center

QUARANTINED. Four peacekeepers are staying in the AFP Medical Center for a 3-week precautionary quarantine. File photo from the AFP Medical Center website.

Filipino peacekeepers from Ebola-hit Liberia arrive in PH

Nov 12, 2014 - 7:02 PM

They will go through a 3 week quarantine on Caballo Island

HOME: UN Peacekeepers from Liberia arrive at the Philippine Air Force headquarters in Villamor Air Base. Photo courtesy of PH Air Force

24 Filipino cops in Liberia test negative for Ebola

Nov 10, 2014 - 1:08 PM

They are joining the 108 Filipino troops coming home Wednesday evening November 12

'PARADISE ISLAND': The Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia will be quarantined in Caballo Island. Photo from AFP-PAO

UN: PH peacekeepers in Liberia test negative for Ebola

Nov 09, 2014 - 8:47 AM

The Filipino peacekeepers are coming home on Tuesday November 11 and will be quarantined for 21 days in Caballo Island located at the mouth of Manila Bay

'PARADISE ISLAND': The Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia will be quarantined in Caballo Island. Photo from AFP-PAO

PH: Kidnapping peacekeepers unacceptable

Nov 01, 2014 - 9:03 PM

The Philippines cites the kidnapping of peacekeepers and health issues like Ebola as top issues that must be reviewed in UN peacekeeping

PH military chief thanks UN commander for 'brave' remark

Oct 13, 2014 - 10:45 AM

All s well that ends well says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr

'THANK YOU:' Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr welcomes the new statement of a United Nations commander calling Filipino peacekeepers 'brave.' Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

UN to Aquino: We 'improved' troop weapons

Oct 02, 2014 - 2:23 AM

The UN responds to President Aquino s criticism but remains non committal on calls to review the supposed impossible or unclear mandate in the Golan Heights

Aquino lauds Filipino peacekeepers, hits 'unclear' mission

Oct 01, 2014 - 1:33 PM

The next mission of the Philippine peacekeepers hailed at home for their bravery at the Golan Heights is to secure Pope Francis when he visits the Philippines in January 2015

HEROES' WELCOME. President Benigno Aquino III hosts a Heroes' Welcome in Malacañang for the Filipino peacekeepers who successfully escaped Syrian rebels. Rappler photo

VLOG: PH hits China, salutes peacekeepers in UN

Sep 30, 2014 - 1:31 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario hits China s expansionist claims and praises Filipino peacekeepers

Philippine Foreign Affairs secretary addresses the general debate of the 69th session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Cowards? 'PH peacekeepers served with honor'

Sep 30, 2014 - 6:51 AM

In the face of grave danger Filipino peacekeepers have bravely helped to safeguard world peace Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario tells the UN

'BRAVE, PROFESSIONAL.' Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario praises Filipino peacekeepers as he addresses the UN after the controversy involving Filipino blue helmets in the Golan Heights. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Golan peacekeepers to secure Pope in PH visit

Sep 28, 2014 - 3:32 PM

As the papal visit nears the Philippine military dedicates two battalion sized units to secure the Roman Catholic leader

Filipino peacekeepers at Camp Aguinaldo. Image courtesy Armed Forces of the Philippines

New batch of PH peacekeepers off to Haiti

Sep 22, 2014 - 6:58 PM

Filipino troops will provide VIP security administrative and logistical services among other things at the UN force HQ in the strife torn Carribean country

SEND-OFF: A soldier comforts his wife during a ceremonial send off prior to their departure to Haiti, at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, 22 September 2014. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

With PH peacekeepers gone, UN to ‘configure’ Golan mission

Sep 20, 2014 - 12:11 PM

The UN has yet to plan the replacements of the Filipino peacekeepers who left the Golan Heights as the security situation there deteriorates

ALL SMILES: Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr welcomes home Captain Nilo Ramones, platoon leader of the troops in the 7-hour firefight with Syrian rebels last month. Photo from AFP-PAO

Rappler Newscast | September 19, 2014

Sep 19, 2014 - 8:44 PM

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The Filipino 'warrior peacekeepers' guarding the world's war zones

Sep 19, 2014 - 2:56 PM

Filipino peacekeepers in the UN stationed across the world continue a tradition that began more than 50 years ago

READY. In this photo taken on September 11, 2014, Filipino peacekeeper trainees, posing for photo along with their commander Colonel Roberto Ancan (front, C) after a drill simulating a hostile environment in a peacekeeping mission at the peackeepers training center in Capas, Tarlac. Ted Aljibe/AFP

UN chief's Golan report silent on order to surrender firearms

Sep 19, 2014 - 6:58 AM

A document obtained by Rappler in New York details the events behind the standoff between Syrian rebels and Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights but did not discuss the dispute on the order for the troops to give up their arms

Syrian envoy hits UN’s ‘total inaction’ on Golan peacekeepers

Sep 17, 2014 - 10:45 AM

Ambassador Bashar Ja afari says terrorists are able to establish a safe zone in the Syrian side of the Golan reducing the mandate of the peacekeeping mission

'TOTAL INACTION.' Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the UN, speaks to journalists following a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, 16 September 2014, United Nations. Devra Berkowitz/UN Photo

After Golan crisis, AFP chief reminds PMA cadets to follow orders

Sep 14, 2014 - 9:01 AM

AFP chief of staff General Gregorio Catapang Jr delivers a speech during the recognition rites of PMA Class 2018

General Gregorio Catapang Jr

UN chief to hear out PH peacekeeping issues

Sep 13, 2014 - 2:13 PM

Ban Ki Moon s spokesman says the UN chief will discuss the Philippines peacekeeping concerns with Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario next week

REVIEWING MANDATE? UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will meet with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario to discuss the Philippines' proposal to review the mandate of the peacekeeping mission in the Golan Heights. File UN Photo/Evan Schneide

45 Fijian peacekeepers released – UN

Sep 11, 2014 - 8:32 PM

The United Nations peacekeepers were kidnapped by Al Qaeda linked Syrian rebels last week All the 45 peacekeepers are in good condition says a UN spokesperson

Filipino commander in Golan is back in Manila

Sep 10, 2014 - 9:28 PM

Colonel Ezra Enriquez who defied a UN commander s order for Filipino troops to surrender their firearms to Syrian rebels requested to be repatriated the military says

DUAL ROLE: Colonel Ezra James Enriquez is UNDOF chief of staff and commander of the Filipino troops in Golan. Photos from Leony Talosig Mercader

Talks to free Fijian peacekeepers 'progressive'

Sep 10, 2014 - 6:53 AM

UPDATED Fiji clarifies statement on peacekeepers status says negotiators actively working for their release

LOOKOUT POST. Members of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) use binoculars to watch the Syrian side of the Golan Heights at Mount Bental in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights on August 31, 2014. Menahem Kahana/AFP

Senate hails 'exemplary courage' of troops in Golan

Sep 08, 2014 - 5:38 PM

Filipinos are among the bravest peacekeepers in the world says Senator Teofisto Guingona III

'BATTALION OF EXCELLENCE': The troops in Golan Heights are well-trained and well-armed. November 2013 file photo before the group left for Golan

'I never defied orders until the Golan standoff'

Sep 07, 2014 - 12:30 PM

Colonel Ezra Enriquez is not only the commander of the Philippine battalion he is also Number 3 in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force overall command

Photo courtesy of Leony Talosig Mercader

PH and Fiji in Golan: One order, different outcomes

Sep 05, 2014 - 1:31 PM

Last week Filipino and Fijian peacekeepers were given the same order to surrender their weapons to Syrian rebels Who made the right choice?

'BATTALION OF EXCELLENCE': The troops in Golan Heights are well-trained and well-armed. November 2013 file photo before the group left for Golan

Rappler Newscast | September 4, 2014

Sep 04, 2014 - 8:11 PM

The UN defends its official accused of putting Filipinos in danger A former Makati employee says fixing bids was common practice The Ebola death toll crosses 1 900

UN backs commander, denies PH soldiers' claim

Sep 04, 2014 - 7:07 AM

The order to Filipino peacekeepers was to leave the weapons quiet so as to give some space but never to hand over weapons says Hervé Ladsous UN Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations

Lieutenant General Iqbal Singha. Photo from the UN web site

Filipino UNDOF chief of staff quits after peacekeepers' escape

Sep 02, 2014 - 5:57 PM

The Filipino chief of staff of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force UNDOF submits a courtesy resignation after troops defied the UNDOF commander

Fiji says UN negotiating demands with hostage takers

Sep 02, 2014 - 12:47 PM

UPDATED Fiji reveals the demands being made by Al Qaeda linked Syria rebels who took more than 40 UN peacekeepers hostage in the Golan Heights last week

Members of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) use binoculars to watch the Syrian side of the Golan Heights at Mount Bental in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights on August 31, 2014. Menahem Kahana/AFP

Filipino soldiers' 'greatest escape' in Golan

Sep 01, 2014 - 10:51 PM

What went on behind what the military chief says is the peacekeepers greatest escape ?

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Syria army battles rebels as UN bids to free Golan monitors

Sep 01, 2014 - 4:25 PM

UN on Fijian peacekeepers: The United Nations continues to actively seek their immediate and unconditional release

Irish members from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) sit in an armored personnel carrier as they maneuver, near the border of Syrian territory, close to the town of Buqaata in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on August 31, 2014. Menahem Kahana/AFP

PH peacekeepers defied UN commander, want him probed

Sep 01, 2014 - 3:23 PM

Armed Forces chief of staff General Gregorio Catapang Jr says he thinks they did the right thing because we are all safe now

WAR ROOM: In Manila, the Armed Forces of the Philippines was closely monitoring the situation in the Golan Heights. Photo by AFP-PAO

Inside Filipino troops' 'greatest escape' in Golan

Aug 31, 2014 - 3:20 PM

The crisis that began with the standoff on August 28 is over for now – but the situation in Golan Heights remains tense as Syrian rebels continue holding 44 Fijian peacekeepers

Photo courtesy of Elmer Cato

Golan standoff over; Filipino troops safe

Aug 31, 2014 - 7:42 AM

It was the greatest escape says Philippine military chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr The troops evacuated their UN post while the rebels were sleeping

GOLAN PEACEKEEPERS: File photo of Filipino troops before they left for Golan Heights

Filipino peacekeepers in firefight with Syrian rebels

Aug 30, 2014 - 3:19 PM

4th UPDATE The Armed Forces of the Philippines says the Philippine peacekeepers remain safe at the moment

'BATTALION OF EXCELLENCE': The troops in Golan Heights are well-trained and well-armed. November 2013 file photo before the group left for Golan

Filipino peacekeepers in Golan: A 'battalion of excellence'

Aug 30, 2014 - 1:52 PM

The Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights belong to the 80th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army They went through rigorous retraining before they left the country in November 2013

'BATTALION OF EXCELLENCE': The troops in Golan Heights are well-trained and well-armed. November 2013 file photo before the group left for Golan

UN: 72 Filipino peacekeepers are safe

Aug 30, 2014 - 9:42 AM

The United Nations continues to engage with a wide range of parties within Syria and is making every effort to ensure the safety and security of its personnel says UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric

PATROL: File photo of UNDOF peacekeepers patrol in Golan Heights. United Nations photo

UN orders 58 other PH peacekeepers in Golan to leave posts

Aug 29, 2014 - 11:28 PM

While the United Nations is holding backchannel talks to make the Syrian rebels stop the harassment of Filipino peacekeepers in central Golan another group of Filipino peacekeepers is moving out of their posts in the north

GOLAN PEACEKEEPERS: File photo of Filipino troops before they left for Golan Heights

UN in 'backchannel' talks to end Golan standoff

Aug 29, 2014 - 7:21 PM

Officials note some good signs There has been no firefight inside the encampments of the Filipino troops

COMMANDER: Colonel Roberto Ancan, commander of AFP peacekeeping operations center. Rappler photo

Aquino asks Filipinos 'not to worry' about Syria standoff

Aug 29, 2014 - 12:17 PM

President Benigno Aquino III describes the situation in Syria as stable but tense and gives assurances the Filipino peacekeepers are not facing immediate danger

NO EXCUSES. President Benigno Aquino III tells companies to raise the quality of their services and their standards. Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH troops in Golan to defend posts vs rebels

Aug 29, 2014 - 12:04 PM

The standoff has been ongoing for about 24 hours

PEACEKEEPERS: May 2014 file photo of Fiji and Filipino United Nations peacekeepers in Golan Heights hiding inside a covered facility following a gunfight between Syrian Army and rebels

81 Filipino peacekeepers in standoff with Syrian rebels

Aug 29, 2014 - 12:43 AM

They did not surrender their firearms as they may in turn be held hostage themselves says Philippine military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala

FILIPINO PEACEKEEPERS: (File Photo) A new batch of 336 Filipino peacekeepers leave for the Golan Heights in November 2013. Photo from the Philippine Army

43 UN Fijian peacekeepers seized in Syrian Golan Heights

Aug 28, 2014 - 11:31 PM

An additional 81 Filipino peacekeepers are being restricted to their positions

FILIPINO PEACEKEEPERS: (File Photo) A new batch of 336 Filipino peacekeepers leave for the Golan Heights in November 2013. Photo from the Philippine Army

How Pinoy soldiers befriended their Syrian captors

Dec 18, 2013 - 7:16 PM

When they were released the rebels told them they would be missed

HOME: After over a year in Golan Heights, hundreds of Filipino peacekeepers are home. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

New batch of PH peacekeepers for Golan Heights

Nov 28, 2013 - 5:09 PM

It s the first batch to leave for the volatile region after the Philippines threatened to pull out the troops because of the security situation there

OFF TO GOLAN: A new batch of 336 Filipino peacekeepers leave for the Golan Heights. Photo from the Philippine Army

PH likely to keep troops in Golan Heights

Jul 31, 2013 - 3:43 PM

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario advises the President to retain its Golan peacekeepers

GOLAN PEACEKEEPERS. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario meets UN Undersecretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous at the UN Headquarters in New York on July 12, 2013. Photo by DFA

PH extends stay of Golan peacekeepers

Jul 05, 2013 - 12:59 PM

The Philippines is prepared to keep its troops in Golan Heights subject to certain conditions

UN PEACEKEEPERS. File photo of a Filipino peacekeeper in the Golan Heights, Syria courtesy of Elmer Cato

Fiji to boost Golan peacekeeping force

Jun 26, 2013 - 11:04 AM

While troops from other countries leave the Golan Heights peacekeepers from Fiji come in

Filipino peacekeeper wounded in Golan Heights

Jun 06, 2013 - 7:17 PM

The soldier whose name was not disclosed was hit by shrapnel above the right ankle but is now in stable condition