Reynaldo “Nandy” Pacheco, best known for founding the “Gunless Society,” has passed away. At 89 years old, he suffered from a heart attack that turned out to be fatal.
Pacheco has been advocating for a total gun ban since the late 1980s. He went on to seek introductions of reforms in politics.
Random shootings were on a rise in the news way back in 1987. Pacheco, a lawyer and the chief information officer (CIO) of Asian Development bank at the time, entered a joint effort with friends including National Artist F. Sionil Jose.
That group was “Nature,” or National Action for Total Uplift and Restoration of the Environment.
Henrietta de Villa, the Philippine ambassador to the Vatican from 1996 to 2002, remembers Pacheco as “the most spirited advocate for any cause [she] had ever met, seen and heard.”
Santiago Dumlao, who Pacheco ran with for national politics in 1998, described the latter as follows in an SMS to the Inquirer: “Nandy Pacheco was a passionate, tireless, persistent crusader.”
He went on to say that Pacheco’s Gunless Society “was, and still is, a very sensible approach to achieving peace in our communities. It is workable.” All it needed was a legislative push.
“He is an example of a Filipino whose tenacity for a good cause … was unparalleled and most worthy,” Dumlao added. “It was his solid Christian faith that mobilized him to the end. We Filipinos are blessed we had a Nandy Pacheco.”