Rev. L. Daniel Alba Pantoja

In-between chatting with his adult children over the Internet, watching his grandchildren over the Skype, and connecting with his global community through Facebook, Dann Pantoja (aka Lakan Sumulong) serves as a peacebuilding worker, trekking through the armed-conflict areas in the Philippines. He works closely with Joji, his lifetime sweetheart. He’s privileged to have a competent team at PeaceBuilders Community, Inc.--a community of peace and reconciliation missionaries.

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PATRONAGE POLITICS AND RADICAL SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION: A PLEA TO CHRISTIAN LEADERS

The God of the Bible is the God of History. God is working in our history. God is doing a radical transformation in our land. The people are seeking God-centered, people-oriented, moral-ethical leadership towards the transformation of our land. That could be the Body of Christ—the community composed of people who have submitted their being …

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IS THE AQUINO GOVERNMENT RE-AMERICANIZING THE PHILIPPINES?

Notes and Reflections on the 2013 Framework Agreement on increased Rotational Presence between the PH Department of National Defense and the US Department of Defense. Last Wednesday, August 14, representatives of the Government of the Philippines and a delegation from the US Department of Defense started their talks about a greater American military presence in …

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MINDANAO WILL NOT LIVE IN FEAR BECAUSE OF THE RECENT BOMBINGS: A REFLECTION

July 26. A bomb exploded in Cagayan de Oro City. 8 people were killed; 44 were wounded. August 05. A car bomb was detonated in Cotabato City, killing 8 people and wounding 30, mostly innocent bystanders. PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) cries for justice for those who were killed and for those who were wounded because …

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WE STILL NEED TO EARN OUR INDEPENDENCE

Today is Philippine Independence Day. Many of my American missionary colleagues are still claiming that the United States gave us, Filipinos, our independence. They have some historical books to show me, written by American historians. Well, actually July 4 was observed in the Philippines as Independence Day until August 4, 1964. But then, we were kind …

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OCCIDENTAL MINDORO PAR COMMUNITY IS OFFICIALLY ORGANIZED

The Occidental Mindoro Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Community is now officially organized. Twenty-three volunteers—pastors, educators, civil society leaders, community leaders—went through four days of training. They were qualified based on their track record as community leaders who are committed to the transformation of our nation. The community elected six members of the leadership core through …

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OUR DISASTER RESPONSE OPERATIONS SHIFT FROM ‘RELIEF’ TO ‘REHABILITATION’

In coordination with national, provincial, and local governments, as well as with various non-government organizations, PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) shifted its energies and resources from emergency relief operations to rehabilitation. Super Typhoon Pablo (international name, Bopha) left Southeastern Mindanao with more than one million families affected and more than a thousand deaths. The PBCI Rehabilitation …

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PBCI WELCOMES PAR INITIATIVE BY CHRISTIAN LEADERS IN OCCIDENTAL MINDORO

Twenty-eight Christian leaders in Occidental Mindoro have finished the 6-hour orientation seminar on Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Community Organizing. They are pastors, educators, business people, and civil society leaders. It started two years ago when Dr. John Tayoto, President of the Asian Center for Leadership Education and Development (ACLEAD) invited PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) to …

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KILOS: A NATIONAL CONVERGENCE OF PEACE NETWORKS IS FORMED

PeaceBuilders Community Inc. (PBCI) is one of the representatives of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) in the formation of a national convergence of all the peace focal networks in the Philippines. It is called Kilos Kapayapaan at Katarungan (Movement for Peace and Justice). We simply refer to it as Kilos. The formation of Kilos happened last July 27-28, 2011 …

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AFP INSTITUTIONALIZES HR & IHL 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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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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