Philippines: PhilANCA calls for gun control on anniversary of Ampatuan Massacre

23 November marked the first anniversary of the ‘Ampatuan Massacre’ where 57 people were killed by an armed group in Maguindanao province, the Philippines. In a statement to commemorate the day, the Philippines Action Network to Control Arms (PhilANCA) called for reforms, justice and arms control. They said, “The local arms flows remain largely unaccounted for, which blurs the lines between legitimate and illegitimate, unlicensed and legal. The government needs to firm up its gun control policies and rethink its security framework of arming civilians for purposes of national defence”. More