See article that appeared in today’s copy of the Inquirer. In the guise of an advocacy, apparently, they are conducting an early campaign for the next round of elections; at our expense. I suggest PG, Progun, AFAD, FAMAP and the various gun clubs take the lead in countering this latest round of drivel, by conducting its own sticker campaign. Here are some suggested slogans, some are strong and some are logical. I suggest we use strong, sharp logical phrases.
· Kung may baril, patay ang kriminal.
· Make criminals happy, join the gunless society.
· Kung walang baril, bakit meron pang nababaril?
· Kung gingawa lang ng PNP nang tama ang trabaho nila, marahil hindi na kailangan ang baril.
· Kung walang masamang elemento sa mundo, baka hindi na kailangan ang baril.
· Kung walang baril, dadami ang kriminal.
Your inputs, please.
Commentary : ‘Kung Walang Baril Di Tayo Mababaril’
By Reynaldo “Nandy” Pacheco
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Posted date: December 12, 2010
The People’s Struggle for Peace or PSP will be carried out nationwide by the Mga Tagatulak ng Kapayapaan, a group of individual believers from all walks of life in a most peaceful and nonviolent manner through free dissemination of stickers with this singular and resounding message: “Kung Walang Baril Di Tayo Mababaril.”
Thus the main activity of PSP is putting stickers on cars and other forms of transport, in houses, churches, schools, hospitals, restaurants, offices, stores, private buildings, billboards and so on. PSP does not involve marching oin the streets, disrupting daily activities and causing traffic congestion.
We, the Mga Tagatulak ng Kapayapaan, not being an organization or movement, appeal to all concerned institutions to promote the sticker and its message through print and electronic media, radio and television networks, newsletters and other means of communication. Anyone who funds, uses and spreads the stickers shall be called Tagatulak ng Kapayapaan, and collectively they shall be called Mga Tagatulak ng Kapayapaan.
PSP highlights the message that Peace is Development and Progress, and draws attention to the good examples of our neighboring countries like Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Singapore. Without peace and order there can be no sustainable development. No society can prosper in an atmosphere where public safety is in question. Under such condition it is the poor that suffer most.
As a civic initiative, PSP is a demonstration of support for the passage of the Citizen Protection Act of 2010 pending in Congress which is essentially a permanent gun ban in public places but with stiff penalties for violation. Exempt from this are law enforcers and licensed private security guards who are in uniform and on duty. This prohibition does not impair the privilege of responsible individuals from keeping a licensed gun at home for protection or for sport. PSP is also a call to save the endangered species: homo sapiens.
On Sept. 21, 2010, Pro-Life Philippines Foundation Inc., ABA Party-list and Ang Kapatiran Party petitioned the House of Representatives to enact the Citizen Protection Act of 2010. The petition, together with the bill, was filed via the indirect initiative provisions of Republic Act No. 6735, otherwise known as the Initiative and Referendum Act, approved on Aug. 4, 1989. “Indirect initiative is the exercise of initiative by the people through a proposition sent to Congress or the local legislative body for action.”
The petition is supported by the signatures of heads of other peoples’ organizations as well as concerned individuals. These include former Senators Ramon Magsaysay Jr., Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and Wigberto Tañada, former Philippine National Police Chief Raul Imperial, Olympic shooter Arturo Macapagal, Carmelites of Cebu Sisters Mary Lawrence and Mary Josephine, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales and 81 other bishops. Deputy Speaker Erin Tañada has agreed to be the “Foster Father” of the bill in the House. The Senate counterpart bill was drafted by Sen. Franklin Drilon.
In promoting “Kung Walang Baril Di Tayo Mababaril,” we adopt the statement of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP-II, 311): “To remove social ills, active nonviolence is our moral countersign to the ideologies of today that espouse armed violence to change the status quo. It is likewise our moral countersign to the ideologies that institutionalize violence in order to preserve the status quo. We consider the peaceful alternative as a mandate of evangelical discipleship.”
PCP-II likewise asks all sectors of the Church to work for an end to the manufacture and production of the technology of death and the arms trade as part of its vision of peace. (Art. 23: 3)
It goes without saying that without funds there will be no stickers to print and to give away. We need your help. Kindly call up Mr. Jose B. Pilar at 0920-9624873 or 633-7601.
In the spirit of the Advent season and the coming New Year, let us use the sticker, spread its message and make this our love offering to the King of Peace who has first loved us.
(Reynaldo “Nandy” Pacheco, isa sa Mga Tagatulak ng Kapayapaan.)