Agence France-PresseMarch 10, 2013 03:30
The Philippine government on Sunday welcomed the release of its 21 UN peacekeepers after they were freed by Syrian rebels and crossed into Jordan, where officials waited to receive them.
The troops, members of a UN force monitoring a 1974 ceasefire between Syria and Israel, were abducted on Wednesday.
President Benigno Aquino "was very happy to receive the news," his spokeswoman Abigail Valte said.
"The president was very concerned and this is very good news indeed."