Philippines: IANSA members meet government to discuss the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

On 23 April, members of the Philippine Action Network to Control Arms (PhilANCA) met with government agencies for a consultation on the Philippines’ position on the ATT. It was organised by the Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crimes (OSETC) with support from the Center for Peace Education (CPE). Participants included representatives from the Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Justice Departments, the armed forces, and the national police. Wilnor Papa of Amnesty-International-Pilipinas shared civil society’s Golden Rules for the criteria of the Treaty, and stressed the need to include ammunition in its scope. Jasmin Nario-Galace of CPE and Women Engaged in Action on 1325 highlighted the potential for a gender-responsive ATT. Cesar Villanueva of Pax Christi-Pilipinas presented interfaith perspectives on the Treaty, and Nikki Delfin of the GZO Peace Institute spoke about the effects of unregulated arms trade on youth. An article by PhilANCA member Jennifer Santiago-Oreta on the Philippines and the ATT is available here: