“Let’s Build a Nonkilling Philippines! Tungo sa Kalinaw at Walang Pagpatay! And Help Build a Killing-Free World!

A Boholano’s View by Jose “Pepe” Abueva

The Bohol Chronicle

June 23, 2013

This is the title of the special Report I wrote for our Movement for a Nonkilling Philippines (MN-KP). I conducted the study under a research and training grant by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) in 2009-2010, and published it in 2011 under a grant by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

I am again writing about our Movement and the Report in this column in our continuing effort to invigorate and sustain the MN-KP as a national movement.

As defined in the 75-page Report, “a non-killing Philippines” is an envisioned ideal Philippines marked by “the absence of killing, threats to kill, and conditions conducive to killing.”

In practice the MN-KP aims for progressive change that will make Filipinos value, uplift and sustain life, and create the conditions, structures and behaviors that will drastically reduce violence and killing in the country. It means building and sustaining peace and progress everywhere for the good of all.

The Report asserts that a nonkilling Philippines is a desirable vision and a measurable goal. Nonkilling can be measured by the proposed Philippine Index of Killing/Nonkilling that will record, map, and monitor the incidence of killings nationwide. This will indicate the various kinds of killings and their probable causes. Communities that excel in nonkilling peacefulness will be recognized and their experience sought to be replicated elsewhere.

A Department of Peace is recommended to focus and coordinate efforts toward peace, nonkilling, and the protection of human rights.  

Published by Kalayaan College for the MN-KP, the Report indicates specific conditions that lead to violence and killing and the factors conducive to building a peaceful, nonkilling Philippines. It appeals to our leaders in the government, civil society, and the media for support to ensure a sustained nationwide movement.

The MN-KP was founded in 2009 by a group of 17 Filipino scholars and civic leaders who had co-authored the trail-blazing study in 2004, entitled Towards a Nonkilling Filipino Society: Developing an Agenda for Research, Policy and Action. The study was inspired by Dr. Glenn D. Paige of the University of Hawaii who authored the seminal work, Nonkilling Global Political Science. Translated into some 25 languages, including Filipino, his book has triggered the global movement for a nonkilling world.

The MN-KP founders and conveners are: Jose V. Abueva (U.P./KC); Fr. Albert E. Alejo, S.J. (Ateneo de Davao); Dennis M. Arroyo (Economist); Loretta N. Castro (Miriam Coll.); Randolf  S. David (U.P.); Ma. Oliva Z. Domingo (U.P.); Howard Q. Dee (Assisi Dev. Foundation); Miriam C. Ferrer (U.P.); Riza Hontiveros-Baraquel(House of Reps); Jose C.J. Magadia, S.J. (Ateneo de Manila); Natalia M. Morales (U.P.); Macapado A. Muslim(Mindanao State U.); Reynaldo D. Pacheco (Gunless Society/Kapatiran); Teresita Quintos-Deles (OPAPP);Karen N. Tañada (GZO Peace Inst./ADMU); Jovito R. Salonga (Statesman), Benjamin T. Tolosa (ADMU). 

The MN-KP is linked to the nonprofit, international Center for Global Nonkilling in Hawaii <www.nonkilling.org>  I’m honored to be a member of its Governing Council led by Dr. Glenn D. Paige. Here is the Vision and Mission statement of the MN-KP.

MOVEMENT FOR A NONKILLING PHILIPPINES

Building A Nonkilling Philippines:

Tungo sa Kalinaw at Walang Pagpatay

Vision

In the absolute, “a nonkilling or killing-free Philippines” is marked by the absence of killing of human beings, threats to kill, and conditions conducive to killing. However, as a desirable and practical vision and a measurable goal, we shall constantly reduce the incidence of killings, the threats to kill, and the conditions that lead to killing for whatever cause or motive.

We shall pursue this doable vision and goal in relation to our constitutional vision of building “a just and humane society” and a “democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace,” where our people’s human rights are guaranteed and protected.

In this sense a Nonkilling Philippines is possible because, in fact, most Filipinos, like other peoples, never kill in their whole life time. Most of us want to live in dignity, peace and progress.

We must also realize that human violence, like a disease, is preventable and it can be minimized and checked under certain conditions, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

By building a Nonkilling Philippines we are helping many other nations in building a Killing-Free World.

Mission

So let us all observe the right of every human being to live, and the responsibility never to kill anyone.

Let us create and sustain the conditions that will reduce violence and killing to the utmost. And remove as fully the conditions that lead to violence and killing.

Let us identify and recognize our nonkilling communities as worthy of emulation; and help other communities to remove their life-threatening conditions.

Let all our leaders and people join hands in a conscious and sustained national movement to build a Nonkilling Philippines: the Movement for a Nonkilling Philippines (MN-KP)!

And let us cooperate with all nations in building a Nonkilling or Killing-Free World for the good of all humankind.

Proposed Department of Peace. In 2010 I recommended to Senator Manuel Villar a draft bill establishing a Department of Peace to help institutionalize the MNKP’s vision to build a peaceful and nonkilling Philippines. Accordingly, Senator Villar filed a bill for the purpose: S.B. 2569 in the 14th Congress and S.B.2482 in the 15thCongress. I am following up with a request that Senator Cynthia A. Villar pursue the enactment of the bill as her own initiative.

Proposed Bohol Leaders for a Nonkilling Philippines. I have the honor of proposing  to Governor Edgar M. Chatto and Vice-Governor Concepcion O. Lim that the Bohol Sangguniang Panlalawigan form and establishBohol Leaders for a Nonkilling Philippines in support of the Movement for a Nonkilling Philippines and its vision and mission. If they so agree, they would be the very first leaders in the country to do so.

Daghan kaayong salamat. Ang kalinaw ana-a kanatong tanan!

Movement for a Nonkilling Philippines (MN-KP).                          

Website:www.nonkillingphilippines.blogspot.com

Email:mnkphil@gmail.com  Telefax: (+632) 726-6291/723-0876

Comments are welcome at pepevabueva@gmail.com

Also see my blog: https://joseabueva.wordpress.com

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