By MB Online
The Philippines was named the second least peaceful country in the Asia-Pacific by the Global Peace Index (GPI), with North Korea as first.
GPI– the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness — on its 12th edition, revealed that the country’s level of peacefulness fell lower this year, with the country ranking 137th out of 163 worldwide, and 18th out of 19 in the Asia-Pacific.
The index measures each country’s level of peacefulness in terms of the level of Societal Safety and Security; the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict; and the degree of Militarization.
In terms of “ongoing domestic and international conflict domain,” the country scored 2.408, ranking 139th overall.
For “societal safety and security domain”, the Philippines placed 141st, with a 3.131 score.
In contrast, the country ranked high in the “militarization domain” category with a 1.674 score, ranking 51st.
GPI attributed the country’s slip in the list to President Duterte’s war on drugs and the five-month Marawi siege.
While the Philippines sunk in the ranks, GPI noted that the country “showed very slight improvements” in terms of peacefulness with its increased military capacities, and calming of tensions in the South China Sea.
“Improvements in internal and external conflicts fought and relations with neighbouring countries reflected a calming of tensions in the South China Sea after President Duterte of the Philippines reached an understanding with China,” the index stated.
Globally, GPI found that peace has deteriorated by 0.27 per cent in the last year, “marking the fourth successive year of deterioration.”