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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I’M SO ENERGIZED BY THE DEDICATION OF MY PEACEBUILDING COLLEAGUES

Last night, after two days participating in a Joint Advocacy Planning, I had a great time with my friends and colleagues from the ‘All-Out Peace Network’ and ‘Mindanao PeaceWeavers’ — Yols Rafol Esguerra, Violeta M. Gloria, Ryan Rosauro, Edsal Edres, Randy Ponteras, and Lyndee Prieto.  We had laughters, food, and great espresso-based beverages at Coffee For …

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OUR MINDANAO PAR TEAM ENJOYED BEING TOGETHER IN A LEARNING CONFERENCE

This learning conference is so enriching — intellectually, spiritually, psycho-socially. It was great to have a chance chatting one-on-one with Pastor James Wuye. The story of Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye was told in a movie The Imam and the Pastor, which is widely used in Christian-Muslim inter-faith dialogue. I’m also grateful for Clay, …

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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, MUSLIMS, AND CHRISTIANS GATHER TO LISTEN TO EACH OTHER

More than 30 peacebuilding leaders from all over the country met to compare notes on our field experiences as we face the realities of Martial Law in Mindanao, the Marawi Crisis, Human Rights under Duterte, and the increasing number of killings related with the War on Drugs. We listed our fears and hopes from the …

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2017/07/27/indigenous-peoples-muslims-and-christians-gather-to-listen-to-each-other/

REFLECTIONS AND ACTION-PLANS AS WE SERVE CIVILIANS IN WAR-TORN MARAWI

The 2017 Marawi Crisis. The initial skirmishes started in the afternoon of 23 May 2017 between Philippine government security forces and the Maute Group, who were joined by the Abu Sayyaf groups, and claimed themselves to be part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The clashes began when elements of the Armed Forces …

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2017/06/29/reflections-and-action-plans-as-we-serve-civilians-in-war-torn-marawi/

MINDANAO MARTIAL LAW: I RESONATE WITH THE VOICE OF MY FELLOW JUST-PEACE ADVOCATES IN MINDANAO

Last 23 May 2017 at at around 2320H PHT, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared Martial Law over all Mindanao. Within minutes, the declaration ignited a debate among netizens. Some favored Martial Law. Some were against it. PeaceBuilders Community soon wrote our perspective on this issue, and resonating with Mindanao PeaceWeavers — the larger network of …

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2017/05/25/mindanao-martial-law-i-resonate-with-the-voice-of-my-fellow-just-peace-advocates-in-mindanao/

LESSONS I LEARNED FROM AN INTERNATIONAL PEACE CONFERENCE IN EGYPT

The impact of the Al-Azhar International Peace Conference in Cairo, Egypt last 27-28 April 2017, on me, was life-changing. It was an opportunity to practice the Great Commandment moment-by-moment and with a deeper understanding. I was given a global context to love Jesus more and to be more faithful to Jesus by embracing and affirming the Other. It …

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JESUS’ RESURRECTION REVEALS FINAL REALITY

Life, not death. No to kill-culture! Yes to the culture of life. Embrace all who live!   Hope, not despair. The present is Hope. The already; the not-yet – New Reality!   Light, not darkness. Darkness a cocoon, The tomb was really a womb – New Life emerging!   Courage, not fear. Greedy world powers …

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OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

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