Category Archive: OFFICIAL PBCI STATEMENTS

Our official view at PBCI on certain issues relevant to our work.

Jun 01 2017

HOW WE LOOK AT THE MARAWI CRISIS AND THE MINDANAO MARTIAL LAW

The Marawi Crisis started on 23 May 2017 when the 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) — got engaged in a bloody armed clash.   The skirmishes began when …

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Feb 15 2017

PEACE ADVOCATES: “NO TO ALL-OUT WAR! YES TO ALL-OUT PEACE!”

Our hearts and minds resonate with the voices of our colleagues at the ALL-OUT PEACE MOVEMENT.   ALL-OUT PEACE RATHER THAN ALL-OUT WAR   Alarmed by the recent announcement of an all-out war by the Philippine government through Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana against the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People’s Army (NPA) and …

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Feb 10 2017

PEACEBUILDERS COMMUNITY CALLS FOR THE RESUMPTION OF THE FORMAL GRP-NDFP PEACE TALKS

We, a community of peace and reconciliation field missionaries and volunteers, respectfully call on all parties and stakeholders to resume the formal peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).   Our call is primarily from a faith-perspective. We are making this …

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Jan 20 2017

WE HONOR THE MAN OF PEACE WHO WELCOMED US IN MINDANAO

Between December 2004 and June 2005, I lived among the Bangsamoros in the Municipality of Sultan Kudarat, Province of Maguindanao and shared life with this amazing people group. I was embraced by the people in Sultan Kudarat, specifically by the family of Datu Kharis Matalam Baraguir.  It was through their simple life and their daily …

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Jan 12 2017

OUR COMMUNITY IS AGAINST THE IMPOSITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY IN THE PHILIPPINES

We are a community of followers of Jesus who are serving as peacebuilding missionaries and are also motivated by love and joy to help transform our land and peoples towards justice and peace. We are against the reimposition of death penalty in the Philippines.   While we support President Duterte’s commitment to fight against crimes, …

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Jan 01 2017

WE’VE SET OUR NAVIGATING PRINCIPLES IN SAILING THROUGH THE UNCERTAINTIES OF 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!   Doing peace and reconciliation (PAR) ministry in the Philippines in 2017 is like sailing across the ocean. The government’s map is not complete. There are no clear signposts for peace. There are no permanent landmarks on human security. The geo-political horizon is an ever-changing body of water. We navigate through the global …

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Sep 06 2016

ENJOYING STREET FOOD AND MASSAGE: A PEACEFUL DEFIANCE AGAINST TERROR

Last Friday, 02 September 2016 at around 2210H PHT, the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), and possibly with the collaboration of powerful drug lords, detonated an improvised explosive devise (IED) in the middle of Davao City’s busy and crowded Roxas Night Market that killed 14 people and injured 67. Most of the victims were getting a street …

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Aug 02 2016

SEEKING TO BE FAITHFUL TO OUR PEACE THEOLOGY IN THE MIDST OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS

Last Saturday, 30 July 2016, the Board of Trustees of the PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) had their regular meeting.   Among a number of actions they made, our leaders reaffirmed their commitment to active nonviolence based on our Peace Theology. Our community seeks to be consistent with the values expressed in a New Testament passage known …

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Jan 04 2016

WE EMBRACE THE LARGER REALITIES IMAGINED BY A NEW PAR COMMISSION

It’s 2016! PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) looks forward to this New Year with renewed energies of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23). These characteristics have been our corporate prayers since we said goodbye to 2015. PBCI is also inspired by a new national Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) movement. Last 22-26 …

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Jan 30 2015

PBCI MOURNS FOR THOSE KILLED IN MAMASAPANO CLASH

We at PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the 44 men of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force, and also to the families of the 16 members of the Moro community, who lost their lives in Mamasapano, Maguindano during a tragic clash in the pre-dawn hours of 25 January 2015. As …

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