Dann Pantoja

Dann Pantoja is beginning to use his Tagalog indigenous name -- Lakan Sumulong. This is a statement that our indigenous identities can be a redeeming factor in healing our 'being' (that is, who we are as a people); help symbolize our determination to contribute what we ought to be 'doing' as a nation (that is--active, non-violent, radical transformation); and, determine how we will prioritize what we will be 'having' (that is, inclusive growth and national development based on justice and peace). Asked what fuels his positive outlook in life: “It’s the influence of Jesus, a first century Palestinian carpenter who was executed by the imperial power of his time. He said: ‘Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.’ Jesus defied the ultimate negative factor in our cosmos--death.”

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PHILIPPINE MILITARY INSTITUTIONALIZES HUMAN RIGHTS IN ITS SYSTEM

There seems to be a transformation happening in the AFP. I say this while fighting my own skepticism and as I determine to be volitionally hopeful. I have no filing system in my heart and mind about these two categories — “Human Rights” and “AFP”. My past experiences with them (many were traumatic) during the …

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INTERACTION WITH THE NEW 1003 IB ARMY COMMANDER

PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) was invited to witness the Change of Command Ceremony at the 1003 Infantry Brigade (10th Infantry Division) of the Philippine Army.  It was held last December 6th, 2010 in the Municipality of Sto. Tomas, Province of Davao del Norte. The new Commanding Officer is Col Lysander Suerte. PBCI and Col Suerte …

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GLOBAL HUNGER AND WORLD PEACE ARE DIRECTLY LINKED

Global hunger and world peace are directly linked. This is the main idea communicated by Muhammad Yunus, the founder and chairman of Grameen Foundation, when he accepted the Norwegian Nobel Prize last Sunday, November 28, 2010: By giving us this prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has given important support to the proposition that peace is …

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THE PARADOXICAL LEADER

The organization I’m leading, PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI), is going through some exciting, positive changes! It’s during these times of leadership adjustments that I remember my older brother, Rev. Dr. Luis Pantoja II. He went home with The Creator last September 06, 2010 at around 6:00 o’clock in the evening at a resort in Kota …

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REFLECTING ON THE PEACE POLICY OF PRESIDENT BENIGNO AQUINO III

On Monday, September 13, 2010, I was invited to Celebrate Eid Fit’r 1431 in Malacanang Palace with Muslim leaders and other inter-faith peace advocates, hosted by His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines. Until now, I have no clue how my name got included in the list of those …

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LOVE AND JUSTICE IN A CONFLICTED LAND

  In a conflicted land, what is love?  What is justice? I write this spiritual reflection as a follower of Jesus Christ who works happily and meaningfully with peace-building colleagues. They come from various religious, spiritual, or philosophical backgrounds—Christians, Lumad, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Non-Religious—here in the Philippines and in Asia. These beautiful people and faithful …

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REFLECTION ON AN OLD MOVIE, “THE LAST SAMURAI”

My cardiologists told me I have a coronary heart disease. Despite my active lifestyle, I was told I’d get it because both my parents have it. So here I am, ordered by my doctors to stay in bed, watching old DVDs, while waiting for my surgery. I found myself crying after watching this movie. Perhaps …

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