DFA to push AFP complaint vs UNDOF commander

Posted at 09/02/14 7:42 PM

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is now in close consultation with the United Nations to relay the complaints of the Armed Forces of the Philippines over the actions of its commander in the Golan Heights incident.

DFA spokesman Charles Jose said the department is closely coordinating with the Department of National Defense over the complaints of AFP chief of staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang against United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) Commander Gen. Sing Singha.

AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. expressed his lack of confidence with the UNDOF commander over his handling of the situation of Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights.

When the Syrian rebels encircled the Filipino peacekeepers last week, Singha supposedly ordered them to surrender their firearms once the rebels attack.

“I countermanded the order of the UNDOF commander who said that if we are attacked, we should surrender and raise the white flag,” Catapang has said.

He dismissed the commander’s order saying, “We will not do that. We won’t be put to shame.”

He said he knew the rules of engagement there since he was the one who was directed to set-up the Filipino delegation back in 2009.

He said the peacekeepers can’t surrender their own firearms since it will be used by the rebels for to wage war. – with reports from Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News