AFP ready to send contingent to Korean Peninsula
THE ARMED Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is ready to send a military contingent to the Korean Peninsula once a “shooting-war” erupts in the area.
However, AFP chief of staff General Ricardo David said the go-signal must come from the country’s policy makers.
“These are matters for the policy makers, as far as the AFP is concerned, we are ready whatever will be the decision of our policy makers,” David said during a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Wednesday.
The AFP chief said that any situation or event happening among Asian neighbors is always a concern for the Philippines. “The AFP is ready to help any nation, particularly under the Unite Nations flag, to sent troops for any undertakings particularly to those our neighboring shores.”
The AFP has been regularly sending troops in different parts of the world like in Golan Heights in Lebanon, Liberia, and Haiti for peace-keeping missions under the UN Flag.
The Philippines sent troops dubbed as Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK) to the Peninsula during the 1950-53 Korean War. It also helped in the defense of South Korea from the invading forces of the communist North Korea.
Former President Fidel Ramos, who was a captain at that time, was among the soldiers that were dispatched for PEFTOK.