PH prepares for arrival of peacekeepers from Liberia

by Jorge Carino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 11 2014 05:51 PM | Updated as of Aug 12 2014 01:51 AM

MANILA - Malacanang assured it will make the necessary arrangements for members of the Philippine contingent in the UN Peacekeeping Force assigned in Liberia amid the spread of the Ebola virus.

"The Department of Health will make the necessary measures to address that concern, if any," said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Edwin Lacierda.

The Philippines has 113 soldiers serving as part of the UN peacekeeping force in Liberia.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines said the contingent is scheduled to return to the country by September or October. They will be replaced by another group.

Malacanang said the Philippine contingent is under the UN, which is expected to take care of the soldiers before sending them home.

"The peacekeeping force is under the UN. So, we would expect UN to ensure that the peacekeeping forces under its jurisdiction are amply protected. And number two, we don't know how far is the Ebola virus from where the peacekeepers are. But I would expect measures taken by the United Nations to ensure the safety of its peacekeeping forces,” he said.