Ambassador Saleh Mohammad of Palestine expressed his country’s deep appreciation for the Philippines’ vote in favor of the United Nations resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. In a roundtable interview with Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd, The Manila Times chairman and chief executive officer, Mohammad emphasized the significance of the Philippines’ support in understanding the Palestinian cause.
The UN resolution, which aimed to halt the loss of life and suffering in the Palestinian enclave under assault by Israeli forces, received strong backing from the Philippines. Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo, the Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN, explained the country’s position during the 10th emergency special session of the UN General Assembly on December 12.
Mohammad expressed his gratitude, stating, “We highly appreciate the Philippines’ vote in favor of the ceasefire. It is important for us to foster a better understanding between the Philippine government and the Filipino people. We firmly believe that no Filipinos should refer to Palestinians as terrorists.”
He further emphasized the expectation that the Philippines supported Palestine and the oppressed people in need of assistance. Mohammad stated, “We hope that the Philippines voted in favor of the ceasefire because they stand with Palestine, as they are supposed to support the oppressed people living under occupation.”
Highlighting the friendly ties between Palestine and the Philippines, Mohammad mentioned his Filipino friends in Abu Dhabi and his close relationship with the Philippine Embassy. He praised the friendly nature of the people and their love for music.
However, Mohammad clarified that supporting Palestine did not mean severing diplomatic ties with Israel. He simply urged the Philippines to acknowledge the reality of the situation. “We are not calling for the Philippines to sever its relationship with Israel; we just want them to call a spade a spade,” he explained.
Addressing the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel, Mohammad asserted that an end to the brutality against the Palestinian people and the occupation of Gaza by Israel would bring an end to the hostilities. He emphasized that the suffering was inflicted on innocent civilians and not limited to Hamas members.
Ambassador Lagdameo, in his address to the General Assembly, stressed the importance of a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza to prevent further loss of life and suffering. He emphasized that such a ceasefire would facilitate the delivery of urgent humanitarian aid to all affected civilians, regardless of their affiliation.
While condemning the October 7 attacks by Hamas militants on Israel, Lagdameo also emphasized the Philippines’ commitment to International Humanitarian Law. He highlighted the principles of proportionality and distinction in responding to security threats, emphasizing the need to minimize collateral damage and protect civilian lives.
The Philippines’ support for the UN resolution reflects its commitment to promoting peace and justice in the international community. By voting in favor of the ceasefire, the Philippines stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people and advocates for the protection of innocent lives in conflict zones.
As the Ambassador of Palestine expressed his gratitude, it is clear that the Philippines’ support has been recognized and appreciated by the international community. The hope is that this support will contribute to a peaceful resolution in Gaza and pave the way for a brighter future for the Palestinian people.
Source: The Manila Times