The 108 Filipino peacekeepers arrived in the Philippines Nov. 12 afternoon from Liberia, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded the second highest number of cases of ebola virus infection.
They boarded buses and headed out to Caballo island off Cavite, south of Manila, for a 21-day quarantine before they may join their families, some of whom were at Villamor Air Base to wave to them.
The men and women peacekeepers dressed in battle fatigues emerged at the tarmac around 5:04 p.m. from a United Nations-chartered UTair Aviation from Monrovia, Liberia, with 24 policeman and a jail officer who served as UN staff in the country torn by decades of rebellion and civil war.
They passed through a thermal scanner then gathered assembled in front of the grandstand for a brief welcome ceremony led by Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado. Personnel from the AFP Peacekeeping Operations Center and Joint Task Group Liberia which will be overseeing the quarantine of the personnel joined the welcome ceremony.
The peacekeepers were deployed to Liberia last December for a six-month tour of duty that was extended by UN officials.
Some of the families of the peacekeepers gathered at the Air Force Museum, about a kilometer away and watched a live video streaming of the arrival.