A Filipino peacekeeper who saved the lives of 14 Austrians who were attacked in the Israel-occupied Golan Heights was recognized by the United Nations, reports Manila Standard Today. T/Sgt. Herman Galiza was driving a vehicle bearing the Austrians to Damascus International Airport last November 28 when anti-government forces opened fire at the convoy. Galiza immediately accelerated the vehicle and took his passengers out of danger. The UN peacekeeping force awarded Galiza the Peacekeeper of the Month award for “exemplary performance and devotion to duty.” The Philippine contingent assumed peacekeeping duties in Golan Heights on Nov 19, 2012.