Designation of January 24th as ‘HWPL’ Day in Mindanao, Philippines
Designation of January 24th as ‘HWPL’ Day
in Mindanao, Philippines
Meaning of ‘HWPL’ Day in Mindanao, Philippines
On May 25th 2015, Esmael “Toto” G. Mangudadatu Governor of Maguindanao passed the legislation to proclaim January 24th of every year to be remembered and commemorated as ‘HWPL day’ of Mindanao, a day of peace.
‘1.24 Mindanao Peace Agreement day’ or ‘HWPL day’ in Maguindanao, Philippines aims to commemorate the historic moment of signing peace agreement between Catholic and Islam representatives mediated by Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL to end 40-year conflict in Mindanao.
Afterwards, the street once filled with pains and sorrow, was then filled with laughter and joy of 3,000 youths marching for the International Peace Youth Walk Festival.
Legislation of January 24th as ‘HWPL day’ is the extension of designating HWPL day in many regions around the world like Carson and Alexandria cities in United States and Bafokeng nation in South Africa. Acknowledging the work of peace HWPL is pursuing to truly bring World Peace, many regions are joining to legislate ‘HWPL day’ to celebrate a day of peace.
HWPL, Signing Peace Agreement by Man Hee Lee
& Meaning of ‘HWPL Day in Mindanao, Philippines
Moro-Islamic Liberation Force (MILF) Starts Deactivating its armed forces: Actual Peace Building Process Begin…
HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee, ‘our friend in the name of peace’ and ‘Unsung Hero of Peace
In June 2015, 145 soldiers of Moro-Islamic Liberation Force (‘MILF’) were successfully decommissioned and began their process of integrating back into the society, from the lives of soldiers regularly facing life-and-death situations to the lives of realizing their potentials as youths. First batches of weapons were handed over to the government as a part of peace-building process. Philippines and the rest of the world now dearly await for the Bangsamore Basic Law to be enacted for the MILF to live harmoniously with the people.
Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL, together with Chairwoman of IWPG and the peace delegation, visited Philippines for the fifth time upon the special invitation from Hon. Esmael Toto Mangudadatu, governor of Maguindanao Province. At the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace held in the Province, the two Chairpersons delivered momentous speeches on peace and unity and congratulated the day of the signing of the Mindanao Peace Agreement back in January 2014. The agreement brought a cease-fire of a 40-year conflict in Mindanao and indirectly influenced the final decision of decommissioning of MILF members. Supreme Court Justice Sheikh Khalifa B. Nando of MILF also gave a thoughtful speech especially to thank Chairman Man Hee Lee for his tremendous efforts to bring peace in the region. In his speech, he referred Chairman Man Hee Lee as ‘our friend in the name of peace’ and ‘unsung hero’ who has made this peace-talk possible. This splendid achievement through partnership and cooperation will continue to serve to bring forth peace not only in the Philippines but in the entire world.
Moro-Islamic Liberation Force (MILF) Starts Deactivating its armed forces: Actual Peace Building Process Begins.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) group in the Philippines has handed over its first batch of weapons as part of a peace process.
The event in Maguindanao, in Mindanao, was attended by President Benigno Aquino who hailed it as an important step forward.
Seventy-five weapons will be deactivated as a gesture of MILF’s commitment to peace.
In 2012, the government and MILF agreed to a framework for a peace accord.
About 145 of the estimated 10,000 members of the MILF’s armed faction, the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces, will be integrated into mainstream society.
“As I look at the faces of each of our 145 brothers here this morning, I see 145 stories of struggle, of pain, of hopelessness and even of death. Yet I also see 145 stories of hope and faith that indeed peace is near and that all the sacrifices have been worth it,” MILF lead negotiator Murad Ebrahim said, in quotes carried by the AP news agency.
MILF said the decommission was one of the most difficult decisions the group had made
The government will provide a cash handout of 25,000 Philippine peso ($555; £355) to each of the combatants to be used for education, training and livelihood, The Philippine Star newspaper said.
It comes as a law implementing a peace deal between the government and MILF has attracted only lukewarm support in congress.
Dozens of police commandos were killed in clashes with the rebels earlier this this year.
President Aquino said that the number of weapons handed over on Tuesday was significant, AP reported.
“We are not talking of just one or a couple or a dozen firearms. These are high-powered firearms, modern and have not aged. These arms can deal and have dealt extreme suffering,” he said at the ceremony.
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process posted pictures of the weapons on Twitter.
The weapons will be held and decommissioned by an independent body.
‘For the sake of peace’
“For the sake of peace, for the sake of having real peace in Mindanao and for the sake of the need for normalisation [of] the lives of the people including the combatants, we have to undertake decommissioning and put them [arms] beyond use,” he said, The Star reported.
Many Muslims rallied to press congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law that would implement a peace treaty
The 2012 framework for a peace deal came after 17 years of negotiations.
The Philippines government has agreed to give Muslims on Mindanao more autonomy in the Muslim-majority southern region. The rest of the Philippines is mainly Catholic.
In March last year, the government and MILF signed the Comprehensive Agreement and are working on the Basic Law which will replace the autonomous region in Muslim Mindanao with a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
The Philippines has faced separatist movements for decades in Mindanao, where the MILF is based, and in Jolo, home to the radical Islamist Abu Sayyaf group, which is reputedly linked to al-Qaeda.
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Chairman of HWPL, Man Hee Lee Peace Activity(World Peace tour) Effect
The mayor and members of the city council of the city of Alexandria, Virginia has acknowledged HWPL’s dedication in bringing people of different religions together for the establishment of peace and has recently proclaimed September 18th as the ‘World Alliance of Religions Day’ to commemorate the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit, an unprecedented international peace festival held by HWPL on September 18th in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
In addition to the accomplishments above, the National Assembly of Ecuador has recently conferred an award of national recognition to acknowledge and cooperate with the works of HWPL for the commemoration of May 25th. In the preamble to the award, the government of Ecuador recognizes that HWPL has dedicated, since its foundation, the efforts and energy aimed at actively pursuing missions widely supported by many countries while solving current issues of the world for the purpose of restoring human dignity. While the government also recognizes the works of IWPG and IPYG, the award of national recognition highlighted hard work of Chairman Lee of HWPL in spreading the global peace movement. The National Assembly of Ecuador has expressed its sincere gratitude for Mr. Lee’s spirit of volunteerism and his dedication toward preserving and fostering culture of peace.
While May 25th is becoming a crucial day bringing the sensational wave of peace worldwide, Chairman Lee sent a letter from Philippines on 24th of May to the members of International Peace Youth Group (“IPYG”) and IWPG. In the letter, he delivered his message that “The youth’s work will be the force that will put an end to all wars on this earth and create peace that will be left as a legacy for the future generations. Let us not forget this day and hold commemorative ceremonies. Let us announce this to the world so that everyone may become a peace messenger and work with us in creating the light of glory.”
The growing support and cooperation of the international community for the observance of the World Alliance of Religions Day as well as HWPL Peace Day have demonstrated that the peace works of HWPL provide an effective way to cease conflicts and promote a peaceful world.
Keynote Speech during
the Main Session
of the WARP Peace Summit
Peace activity of HWPL Man Hee Lee Quotes
Peace advocate Man Hee Lee Quotes
Salvation for humanity and our religious world.
In regards to this, all you people of this new generation must become the cornerstone of a new world and create peaceful world.
For the religious leaders, the time has come for you to work for something that truly endures to eternity.
This is to be remembered in history, and this work will truly shine in history.
Peace advocate, Man Hee Lee!
Peace activity, Man Hee Lee!!
He did(has done) this work, WARP Peace Summit for the sake of peace♥
If we can abolish the International law that allows for the declaration of war, then in reality peace can arise. This is an amazing method to achieve peace!
Thinking of a strategy that no other peacemaker has thought of, we support HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee leader of peace.
Peace maker Man Hee Lee Biography: What Happened in Mindanao
In southern Philippines, the continuing conflict between government and Muslim insurgents has resulted in the displacement of approximately 80,000 residents, whilst the rising death toll is quickly approaching triple digits. To address this, Peace maker of HWPL, Man Hee Lee led a peace walk on January 24th, 2014 in the conflict-stricken island of Mindanao, Philippines, along with the University of Mindanao, youth associations, mayors, and religious leaders of the Philippines. Thereafter, HWPL peace manker Man Hee Lee mediated a forum between Fernando Capalla, the former Catholic archbishop of Mindanao Davao, and Esmael Mangudadatu, the Governor of Maguindanao (an Islamic autonomous district in Mindanao)
– an unprecedented meeting in light of the 40-year long conflict between Catholics and Muslims in that region.
The Phlippines, conclusion of the peace afreement that has ended its 40 years civil war in Mindanao
Peace advocate of HWPL Man Hee Lee biography (North America)
“We’re immersed in news of violence and war daily. That’s why today we’re representing one urgent issue: the need to unite and start a generation and culture that believes that peace is possible”
– Ally Chu, student of University of Southern California, USA
North America has been the setting of several of HWPL’s largest and most successful peace walks, with widespread participation of many different media outlets and youth organizations from the region. Young people marching in proclamation of their convictions while motorists and pedestrians passing by spontaneously join the cause is the first step towards realizing a goal as substantial as peace. These seemingly small steps have influenced big decisions, as the gatherings have also served to convince government officials that their residents were ready for a new era of peace, and to subsequently consider such initiatives in policy making.