- 3 Pinoys From HK Busted in Indonesia for Drugs
- Aquino Urged to Allow Direct Hiring in HK, Crack Down on Greedy Recruiters
- PHL Consulate HK Advisory: Closed on Apr 4 and Apr 9
- Two Filipinas Charged With Manslaughter in Hong Kong
- ‘No Plans of Going Home,’ Declares Vallejos After Permanent Residence Verdict
- Placement Agencies End Ban on Sending Filipino Helpers to HK
- HK Ruling May Result in Unfair Treatment of Filipina Maids
- HK Top Court Rejects DH Permanent Residence Appeal
- Pinay in Hong Kong in Stable Condition After Contracting Deadly Flesh-eating Disease
- Pinay Seriously Hurt, Husband Killed in Attack by Teenage Son, Pal in HK
Philippines Demands Syrian Rebels Release Troops
The Philippines on Thursday strongly condemned the hostage-taking of 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights ceasefire zone and demanded their immediate release.
The soldiers, part of a 300-strong Filipino peacekeeping unit, were detained at a rebel observation point on Wednesday by gunmen who said the troops would be held until Syrian regime forces pulled back from a Golan village.
“The Philippine government strongly condemns the illegal detention of 21 Filipino peacekeepers under the United Nations command in the Golan Heights,” Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said in a statement.
Del Rosario said their detention was a gross violation of international law, pointing out they were operating under the UN flag, and called for the hostages to be immediately released.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino expressed optimism the 21 would be released quickly.
“I understand they are being treated well… so far, nobody has been saying that they are in danger,” he told reporters.
Aquino said UN peacekeeping leaders in the Golan were negotiating with the Syrian rebels.
“They (UN chiefs) expect all of these 21 to be released,” he said.
Continue reading at Yahoo! News