President Aquino wants detailed report on Golan Heights
President Benigno S. Aquino III wants a
comprehensive report on last week’s incident in the Golan Heights that will
serve as the basis for future deployments of Filipino peacekeepers, a Palace
official has said.
The Filipino peacekeepers will stay in the Golan Heights until they complete
their tour of duty next month, Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. of the
Presidential Communications Operations Office said in a press briefing in
Malacañang on Tuesday.
"The Philippines is committed to fulfill its commitment to the United
Nations Disengagement Observer Force or UNDOF," he said.
He said the President has instructed the Department of National Defense and
the Armed Forces of the Philippines to prepare a report on the events of
last week as a guide for future policies and actions in similar situations.
Some observers have demanded that the UNDOF commander in the Golan Heights
be investigated for putting the lives of the Filipino peacekeepers in
Coloma said this is why the President had asked for the report so that there
will be a clearer perspective.
The President has expressed his satisfaction and has commended the Filipino
peacekeepers who were courageous and determined in the face of the Syrian
rebel attack, Coloma said. (full
President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the discussion on climate change during the meeting with his cabinet cluster, Wednesday (August 6) in Malacanang. The President displayed a responsive leadership by elevating climate change into a priority issue to protect vulnerable Filipino communities from its impact. Also in photo is Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma.