Camp Crame, Quezon City, December 11, 2013 — On November 18, 2013, through the support of Coalitions for Change program under the Australia – The Asia Foundation Partnership in the Philippines, the Philippine National Police (PNP) launched the publication, “Preventing Rido: A Practical Guide for the Police and other Community Peacekeepers.” The handbook informs police and community peacekeepers about rido (local term used to refer to family or clan conflicts), offers a toolkit on rido prevention and resolution, and provides case studies on policemen who experienced rido resolution in the course of their duty.
Secretary Teresita Deles of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) in a speech underscored that rido (stemming from land conflicts, family disagreements, offended maratabat – family honor or pride) is actually the major source of conflicts in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). She lauded the efforts of the PNP to address rido more systematically through the handbook and added that it serves as a practical guide, a tool to educate police officers on the complexities of rido, and equip them with knowledge and skills in addressing conflicts with a reinvigorated consideration of their locale’s political, religious, and cultural sensitivities.
The handbook’s publication is timely given that police officers in the region are expected to assume a greater role in law enforcement functions. The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro has the provision to create a police force for the Bangsamoro that is professional, effective, and efficient in law enforcement in the region.
PNP Chief General Alan Purisima underscored that policing demands not only the knowledge in law enforcement and crime fighting, but also the ability to be peacemakers. As the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) move forward in the peace process, the PNP leadership encourages police officers to take the high road in actively resolving conflicts in their communities in Mindanao. He added, “If we can prevent clan conflicts from going out of hand and intersecting with more violent forces, we can help ensure that all parties concerned remain in the path towards peace, reconciliation, and unity.”
The Asia Foundation will work with the Directorate for Police Community Relations and its Salam Police, and the PNP Training Service in the dissemination of the handbook. A “training-of-trainers” for the usage of the handbook is also planned.
This publication was supported through the Coalitions for Change program under the Australia – The Asia Foundation Partnership in the Philippines.