General’s tag offends Duterte

Subscribe Now September 08, 2014 at 09:02am

Davao City - The recent accusations hurled by General Iqbal Singh Singha labeling the act of Filipino soldiers in Syria as "act of cowardice" pained Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

“We sent troops there. We are trying to be a good member of the United Nations (UN),” Duterte said during his regular television program “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” yesterday.

“I am offended with the statement of that UN general, labeling our soldiers as cowards,” he said.

He added that because of the ongoing war in Syria, the UN deployed peacekeepers in the area – soldiers who are not to engage war but to ensure no forces would advance that would worsen the situation.

Duterte pointed out that the Filipino soldiers who were sent there are peacekeepers and not combatants.

In a recent statement, General Singha said the Filipino soldiers assigned as peacekeepers in Golan Heights defied orders from higher authorities, endangered the lives of Fijan soldiers who were captured by the Syrian rebels, and had done an act of cowardice for abandoning their post.

But the leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) supported the move of the Filipinos soldiers calling their act as “the great escape.”

“If the Moros there would cut each other’s throats, then let them do it to themselves. Why include our troops?” the mayor emphasized.

Filipino soldiers, Duterte added, are not obliged to kill for any country except for their own.

Duterte also said that the Philippines has highly trained soldiers.

“Our soldiers are highlytrained and competent because since 1970s until now, they have been fighting the communist insurgency, the Moro rebellion,” he said.


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