Tough talking Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte has expressed displeasure on the statement of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force overall chief Lieutenant General Iqbal Singha that Filipino peacekeepers are coward for escaping the attack from Syria rebels.
Lieutenant General Iqbal Singh Singha earlier accused the Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights who defied his order of being unprofessional for allegedly endangering the lives of the Fijian peacekeepers held captive by Syrian rebels. Duterte said there is no truth to the statement of Singha since Filipino soldiers are one of the best in the world despite their limited firepower.
He said Filipino soldiers are smart and brave and ready to fight at any given time and moment. Out of anger due to Singha’s statement, he called on Filipino soldiers to shoot the Indian in the head if they happen to see him in person.
“If you see the UN general, shoot him in the head. Tell them it’s Mayor Duterte’s request,” Duterte said.
Duterte said Filipino soldiers are much better and well-trained than the others because of their experience in the revolution in some areas of Mindanao. “We deploy troops when there is war somewhere else. What does Singha wanted our Filipino soldiers to do, commit suicide there?” Duterte said.
The mayor said Filipino soldiers are not really obliged to d*e in a foreign land, but only in the Philippines in defense of its people and country. Duterte said he fully supports the decision of the soldiers to just escape rather than surrender and lay down their arms to the Syrian rebels.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines is also not happy with the statement and decision of Singha since it allegedly put the lives of the Filipino peacekeepers at risk by ordering them to lay down their weapons at the height of the standoff with Syrian rebels two weeks ago. The AFP hoped the UN will conduct an investigation to know if what Singha did is right or wrong.