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.”
Our younger leaders are pushing me to help prepare them to carry Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Principles, our contextual application of a peace theology, into the emerging realities of the 21st century. So, I’m exploring the ideas of Jeremy Rifkin who challenges humanity to “enter into a new world of biosphere politics, with new forms of governance emerging to accompany our new biosphere awareness.”
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The Bangsamoro and Beyond: A National Conversation is a televised discussion between representative members of various sections of society pertaining to the Bangsamoro transition. Joji was chosen to represent the new Christian migrant in Mindanao as a woman engaged in building peace with the Bangsamoro through social enterprise and inclusive development.
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While praying for peace, I joined the civil society organizations in Davao City who gathered together to publicly support the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Here, I was responding to a couple of interview questions by a local television reporter.
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This morning, Joji and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary. We did this in the midst of sadness because her mother passed away three days ago. We helped in leading the funeral services. What a paradoxical day!
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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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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 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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