CFP AND SPAMAST ARE NOW PARTNERS IN INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT

CFP CEO Joji Pantoja (L, Front) and SPAMAST Research Director Augie Fuentes (R, Front) sign the Memorandum of Agreement formalizing our partnership. CFP staff Wanay Baluyan, Sihaya Ansibod and myself stand as witnesses. Coffee For Peace (CFP) and the Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) are working together to generate …

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BIBLICAL NONVIOLENCE IS BASED ON A HOLISTIC VIEW OF REALITY

The ancestral domain of the Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines are rich in natural resources. Big multinational corporations want those minerals, gas, water and other natural riches and they have economic influence over our mostly corrupt government officials and legislators. The indigenous peoples are pushed out of their ancestral domains and are displaced. Biblical active nonviolence …

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PRAYING FOR OUR LEGISLATORS AS THEY DELIBERATE ON THE BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW

Between the 9th and the 13th of July 2018, the Bicameral Conference Committee of the Philippine Congress will finally decide on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The state of the Peace Process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will be determined by the final version of the …

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REFLECTIVE NOTES DURING A PARADOXICAL DAY OF MARRIAGE- AND LIFE-CELEBRATION

A celebration of marriage 30 June 2018, 1400PHT. This morning, Joji and I celebrated our 39th year together as UnifiedBeings doing our purpose-of-existence in the context of 21st century realities in this planet. 39 years and she’s still my fantasy. And for the past 39 years, I’ve been allowed to hold her hands and kiss her lips. …

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BEING JESUS’ WITNESSES IN THE CONTEXT OF HISTORICAL INJUSTICES — PART 3 OF 3

Justice-Based PeaceBuilding   Joji and I are constantly faced with enormous instances of social injustices. Indigenous Peoples are being pushed out of their ancestral domains by state and non-state armed forces. Local farmers are pushed deeper into poverty due to unjust trading manipulations by the rich and powerful. Government promises of autonomy and right to …

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BEING JESUS’ WITNESSES IN THE CONTEXT OF HISTORICAL INJUSTICES — PART 2 OF 3

Historical Injustices   The present armed-conflicts in the Philippines, along with many wars and violence in the global realities of the 21st century, are rooted in various historical injustices that have traumatized various nations, especially many Indigenous Peoples, over several generations. Historical injustice, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, is “past moral wrong committed by previously living people that has …

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BEING JESUS’ WITNESSES IN THE CONTEXT OF HISTORICAL INJUSTICES — PART 1 OF 3

Being Jesus’ Witnesses   Jesus—Our Justice and Peace. When peace theologians and church leaders taught me to read and interpret the Bible through the life, character, and work of Jesus, I felt so liberated! Being raised up in the midst of the violent context under the dark years of Marcos’ martial rule in the Philippines, …

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FIELD NOTES AND REFLECTION ON THE MEANING OF ‘VIOLENT EXTREMISM’

My peacebuilding colleague seems to have lost his confidence in non-violence. In an online conversation, he said: “Kaka Lakan, we have tried applying active non-violent approaches. Ten years. Ten long years… They’re killing us slowly… We might as well die fighting. Sorry, I’ll have to pick up my equipment again…” Such were the words of …

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I STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIANS; I PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF BOTH JEWS AND PALESTINIANS

This is where I part ways, theologically and ethically, with many of my Christian Zionist friends, many of them happen to be my ministry colleagues in the evangelical community. Standing up with the Palestinians. This is also a proper time to reaffirm my solidarity with my Palestinian sisters and brothers in Christ who are suffering under the …

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LIVING THE ‘KINGDOM ETHICS’ AND BEING LIBERATED FROM FEAR-ORIENTED OUTLOOK

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:33-34 NIV) The Big Brother, the Big Media, the Big Business, the Big Cop, the …

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