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Philippines to Keep Peacekeeping Forces in Haiti

The Philippines will keep its peacekeeping force in Haiti despite a sniper attack on a Filipino enlisted man Thursday.

Staff Sergeant Rodrigo Galam was standing guard outside the Christopher Hotel in Port-au-Prince when he came under sniper fire. His body armor saved him from injury by deflecting two bullets.

The hotel will be the future headquarters of the UN peacekeeping forces in the country.

Philippine ambassador to the United Nations Lauro Baja said in a statement that the attack would not in any way alter Manila's resolve to help bring peace and stability to Haiti.

The Philippines deployed 135 troops to Haiti in December.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.