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Statement of Sen. Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, on the Release of 21 Filipino Peacekeepers

March 10, 2013

“I join the Filipino people in welcoming the release of all 21 Filipino Peacekeeper members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) who were detained on 6 March 2013 in Jamla, Syria.

Our thanks and grateful appreciation go to those who have worked to effect their safe release.

My commendation also goes to our courageous Filipino peacekeepers for their sacrifices in their work as international public servants, protecting and promoting peace. I am with their families in welcoming them back.

This incident will not deter us from helping in peace keeping efforts.”***