President Benigno Aquino III greeted in a heroes welcome in Malacanang the peacekeepers who were involved in a standoff with Islamic rebels linked to Al-Qaeda while in Golan Heights. Aquino said the Filipino troops were put into a “mission impossible.”
The mission for the peacekeepers was not clear and seemingly impossible. Aquino added that before the standoff happened the government requested for additional arms but it was denied.
Currently, the Philippine government is waiting for the result of UN probe regarding the Golan Heights incident. Result of the probe will determine if Philippines will redeploy troops.
Philippines is one of the most active Asian country in terms of sending peacekeepers around the world.
President Aquino lauded the peacekeepers for a mission accomplished. He also cited the quality of leadership and training they have. “Kinaya niyo ang misyon, maski na limitado ang ating resources,” Aquino told the peacekeepers.
Aquino iterates that as Commander-in-Chief he will never send troops from the Armed Forces of the Philippines in an impossible and unclear mission. “Importante ho ang buhay ng bawat isa,” he added.