February is the deadline for the submission of nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize 2015. With the controversial issue of the Fallen 44, many Filipinos today believe that President Noynoy Aquino is not qualified for the prestigious honor. Experts say that PNoy’s nomination is not really a big issue.
Back in June 2014, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda announced that President Noynoy Aquino deserves to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This is because of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in March 2014 during his term.
But while this CAB agreement has been signed by the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is currently under hot water. This is after 44 Special Action Force (SAF) members were brutally killed on January 25 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
This Mamasapano incident is now under thorough investigation. SAF commander Getulio Napeñas was sacked from his post, and Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina became emotional during the first day of the House of Representatives’ hearing.
Since then, many Filipinos are strongly opposing the nomination of PNoy for the Nobel Peace Prize award. In fact, a petition at Change.org was started requesting the Norwegian Nobel Institute not to nominate PNoy for the said honor. This petition has more than 2,500 signatures as of posting.
But why is PNoy’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize not really a big deal? In 2014, Nobel Peace Prize winners, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were questioned by critics for receiving the award. Despite receiving high praises for their great works, critics said both of them are not qualified.
In an article at TheDiplomat.com in October 2014, Akhilesh Pillalamarri wrote that “has totally lost sight of its original purpose and has instead become a vehicle for the Nobel committee to make political statements or promote social causes,” emphasizing that Yousafzai and Satyarthi did not pass the criteria.
Quoting Alfred Nobel (founder of the Nobel Prize), the Nobel Peace Prize should to be awarded “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
With this interpretation of the criteria for Nobel Peace Prize, PNoy is obviously not qualified even if the Fallen 44 incident did not happen. The CAB agreement is only a temporarily solution, and even very far in promoting world peace. If you want peace, work hard to reduce poverty and improve the economy.
Despite the controversies in the previous Nobel Peace Prize winners, I still believe in the integrity of the award. I am therefore not worried about PNoy. I strongly believe that he will not and he will never be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. But don’t get me wrong, I respect him as a human and as a president of the Philippines.
Disclaimer: This article was submitted by Marcial Bonifacio, a 1st year Political Science student of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. The opinion of the author does not necessarily reflect the belief of TN.
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