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CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City--- The Army Dragon Boat Team has dedicated their upcoming races to the members of the besieged Philippine peacekeepers who are trapped in the Golan Heights.
Lt Col Harold M Cabunoc, the President of the award-winning team, said that the soldier-athletes were also saddened by the ongoing violence in Syria where their fellow soldiers are currently deployed.
"We have learned about the latest attack by the Al-Nusra rebels on our defensive positions. Our soldiers have batchmates and friends who are among those who battled the rebels yesterday (Aug 30)," said Cabunoc.
"We will dedicate our games to our soldiers and their families. Our thoughts are with them too!"
The 18-man Philippine Army Dragon Boat Team is leaving for Italy today.
The team is among the 100 club teams who are vying for the golds during the 9th IDBF Club Crews World Championships that will be staged in Ravenna, Italy from 3-7 September 2014.
Cabunoc said that like the Philippine peacekeepers, the Army Dragon Boat Team also survived some great obstacles to compete in the prestigious world championship arena.
"Throughout our written history, Filipino soldiers had been know known to be great fighters with indomitable spirit. Like our brothers who are serving in the UN, we will survive all these trials that we are facing," said Cabunoc, whose team hurdled the great logistical requirements needed for the competition.
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