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Peacekeeping in a volatile environment

Apr 14, 2015 - 10:57 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] The Philippines in Golan Heights and beyond: Hostile environments make it difficult to guarantee the safety and respect for peacekeepers

PEACEKEEPERS. The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) mission in Syria. File photo by UN

After kidnappings, UN to focus on peacekeepers’ safety

Nov 22, 2014 - 7:48 AM

The UN s deputy secretary general tells Rappler the Philippines concern about the safety of peacekeepers will be a priority in the review of peace operations

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

Will UN troops return to Syrian Golan?

Oct 21, 2014 - 4:31 AM

The President of the UN Security Council says the return of UN peacekeepers to the Syrian side of the Golan is still uncertain after rebels overran their camps

NOTHING FINAL. María Cristina Perceval, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN and President of the Security Council for the month of October, says there's nothing definite about peacekeepers' return to the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. File UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Did the UN pay ransom for Fijian peacekeepers?

Oct 14, 2014 - 4:33 AM

The UN reiterates it did not pay ransom for the release of Fijian peacekeepers after Israeli TV aired a report supposedly showing the transaction

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

Golan chief now calls PH peacekeepers ‘brave’

Oct 10, 2014 - 5:44 AM

India s Lieutenant General Singha says The Filipino and Fijian peacekeepers bravely faced the situation and exhibited raw courage resilience and patience

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

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

Biden to UN: We owe peacekeepers more

Sep 27, 2014 - 8:50 AM

The US Vice President leads a UN summit on strengthening peace operations The Philippines attended the summit after the controversy over the Golan mission

'PLEDGE MORE.' US Vice President Joe Biden leads a High-level Summit on Strengthening International Peace Operations during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 26, 2014. Photo by Andrew Gombert/AFP/Pool

UN chief orders review of peace operations

Sep 25, 2014 - 6:53 AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says it s been a terrible year for the principles enshrined in the UN Charter

Secretary-General Ban Ki-mooon rehearses addressing world leaders in the General Assembly Hall, 21 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Mark Garten/UN Photo

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

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Sep 19, 2014 - 8:44 PM

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UNDOF sends Filipino troops home

Sep 19, 2014 - 12:00 PM

It was deemed practical that the Philippine contingent be repatriated earlier than expected says Philippine military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala

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

UN troops withdraw from Syrian Golan

Sep 15, 2014 - 11:30 PM

This comes two weeks after Al Qaeda linked rebels kidnapped 45 Fijian peacekeepers and engaged Filipino peacekeepers in a standoff

Photo courtesy of Elmer Cato

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

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 'taking steps' to address peacekeeping concerns

Sep 05, 2014 - 6:35 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also says the Philippines should now focus on supporting efforts to secure the freedom of the Fijian peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels

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

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

General denies Fiji Muslims face UN hostage backlash

Sep 04, 2014 - 12:12 PM

Brig Gen Mosese Tikoitoga also defends the action of his troops in surrendering to Al Qaeda linked Al Nusra Front rebels even though a contingent of 75 Filipino peacekeepers who defied an order to lay down their weapons all escaped unscathed

Photo courtesy of Elmer Cato

UN Security Council demands Fiji peacekeepers' release

Sep 04, 2014 - 10:11 AM

The government of Fiji also has called for their release stressing that the neutral peacekeepers do not take sides in any conflict

A file photo of a UN Security Council meeting, 18 July 2014 at the United Nations in New York. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

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

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 ?

Golan peacekeepers

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

Fate of UN peacekeepers in Syrian Golan unclear

Aug 31, 2014 - 1:50 AM

There are currently 1 200 peacekeepers serving in UNDOF from the Philippines Fiji India Ireland Nepal and the Netherlands

PEACEKEEPERS. The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) mission in Syria. File photo by UN

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

Fiji says captured peacekeepers moved from UN territory

Aug 30, 2014 - 3:01 PM

Fiji military officials confirmed on Saturday that they no longer know the whereabouts of 44 peacekeepers seized by Al Qaeda linked Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights

KEEPING THE PEACE. The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) mission in Syria. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

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

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

AFP: PH troops in Golan ready vs chemical warfare

Aug 28, 2013 - 4:23 PM

Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights are properly equipped for chemical warfare Armed Forces chief Gen Emmanuel Bautista told reporters

DANGEROUS TERRITORY: Filipino peacekeepers abducted by Syrian opposition in March were eventually released. AFP photo

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