The following article was contributed by the HWPL (The Heavenly Culture, World Peace and Restoration of Light) for publication by The Korea Post media.—Ed.
The Heavenly Culture, World Peace and Restoration of Light (HWPL), a non-profit private organization in Korea led by Venerable Chairman Man-Hee Lee, held an online international conference on January 24 this year to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the peace agreement between the Muslim and Catholic communities in Mindanao, Philippines.
The conference, hosted by HWPL, was prepared as an event to promote harmony between religions under the theme of ‘Law of Peace in Heaven and Earth’. He also urged countries to support the adoption of the Anti-War Peace International Law (DPCW Article 10, Paragraph 38), drafted by HWPL with experts in international law.
HWPL arbitrated the dispute on Mindanao Island by proposing a peace agreement to the representatives of the Mindanao region in the Philippines in 2014. At the time, under the leadership of HWPL Chairman Man-Hee Lee, Governor Ismael Mangudadatu Magindanao and Archbishop Fernando Capella, Honorary Archbishop of Davao, signed a peace agreement.
Since then, Magindanao Province and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF, now Muslim Mindanao Bangsamoro Autonomous Government) have designated January 24 as the ‘HWPL Peace Day’ to strengthen international cooperation and regional partnerships for peacebuilding in Mindanao. commemorating the event.
In addition, keynote speakers from various fields also released promise messages declaring peace propagation plans in each field, including law, education, youth, women, private companies, and the media.
Prabhu Mahendra Das, head of Hindu Sri Sri Radha Madhava Mandir Temple, said, “Participate in the Office of the United Religions organized by HWPL, a global platform for religious leaders to converse, share, discuss, learn and grow together in harmony and peace. decided to,” he said.
Then he added: “I believe that all religions should work together through the form of an MOU in order to contribute to peace in the religious world.”
Former Judge Raul Victorino, chairman of the Philippine National Breakfast and Prayer Foundation and dean of the Philippine Christian University School of Law, said that he was inspired by HWPL's drafting of the DPCW and national support for the DPCW by gathering experts in the field of international law.
Then he said, “I will do my best to get the support and, at the same time, we will work with the Association of Philippine Law Schools to integrate DPCW into the law school curriculum.”
Ronald Adamat, a member of the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED), who represents the education sector in the Philippines, said: “The Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to enact January 24 as a ‘National Peace Day,’ regular public holiday. It will enable all organizations and institutions of government, including the private sector, to simultaneously celebrate and observe peace through peace activities, events and ceremonies, and also in education.”
Chairman Man-Hee Lee said, “The Mindanao Peace Agreement was not something that humans could do, but because God, the god of peace, worked with us. Let’s become a messenger of peace.”
Editor's note: For further details on the HWPL, visit: https://www.hwpl.kr/language/en/home-hwpl-_en/