[Blueboard] 13 December 2010, Monday - PoS 100 Plenary Lecture on the Security Sector and the Peace Process

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Fri Dec 10 22:00:50 PHT 2010

The Department of Political Science and the Office for Social Concern  
and Involvement (OSCI) would like to invite everyone to attend the 1st  
PoS 100 plenary lecture for the second semester of SY 2010-2011  

Reframing the Security Sector and the Peace Process in the Philippines

13 December 2010, Monday
LH Roofdeck, Ricardo and Dr. Rosita Leong Hall
Ateneo de Manila University-Loyola Schools

Invited speakers:

Dean Marvic Leonen, Chief, Government Panel for the GRP-MILF Peace Panel
Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer, Head of the AFP Western Mindanao Command
Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations


The challenges of human development in the 21st century compel the  
Philippine military to revisit the national security paradigm in the  
light of its approach to armed struggle.  Based on a broad framework  
that establishes a convergence of security, development and governance  
goals, the military is now called to re-assess its approach to  
conflict resolution and to revisit the role of soldiers as social  
actors. In a series of discussions done in the middle of the current  
year, there was an implicit agreement among high ranking military  
officials and civil society stakeholders that there is a need for the  
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to move away from the  
traditional national security / statist frame to the more inclusive  
human security paradigm that puts people at the center of its  

The initial challenge recognized during the debates was how to cascade  
this kind of ideation to the entire military bureaucracy.  This is  
especially challenging given the fact that the statist-internal  
security operations (ISO) agenda of the AFP has been in operation for  
four decades, and hence, moving away from such ideation requires an  
overhaul of the system. Apart from the issue of  articulation, the  
bigger challenge is to operationalize  this
?national security- tempered-by-human security? new agenda of the military
? and this has to be reflected in the military?s operational plans, in  
strategic management agenda, in tactical operations, in modernization  
efforts, in training and doctrines, in the reward/ honor system, among  
others. Therein now lays the rub.

It is not enough for the military institution to articulate that it is  
embracing this ?new? paradigm of human security, but more importantly,  
it needs to ponder on the *role of the military in a modern,  
democratic, peaceful state. Parallel to this development is the peace  
negotiations that will happen early next year between the GRP (Govt of  
the Rep of the Phil) and the MILF and the GRP and the CNN  
(CPP-NPA-NDF).  The Peace Panels for both for both negotiations have  
been constituted, and are in fact in the process of agenda setting and  
constituency building.


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