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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WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE SENT ME TO THE AL-AZHAR INTERNATIONAL PEACE CONFERENCE

I participated at the Al-Azhar International Peace Conference in Cairo, Egypt last 27-28 April 2017 (1-2 Shaaban 1438 AH) which was attended by a group of leaders from around the world and from various faiths and worldviews. I was there as one of the two representatives of the Rev. Dr. Efraim Tendero, General Secretary of World Evangelical …

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MOMENT OF DECISION & RADICAL TRANSFORMATION

“In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become a part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically changed… I use the term radical in its original meaning — getting down to and understanding the root cause. It means facing a system that …

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RELATIONAL PRIVILEGES AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN PEACE AND RECONCILIATION

Two Kalinga tribes — the Sumacher Tribe and the Naneng Tribe — have invited Joji and me to become a ceremonial part of their people. This is equivalent to becoming both a spiritual member of the tribe and becoming a ‘naturalized citizen’ of the community. Being embraced by the loving and caring tribal community is …

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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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DR. ZERBE SHARES NEW TESTAMENT INSIGHTS ON JUSTICE AND PEACE AMONG DAVAO’S CHRISTIAN LEADERS

  Dr. Gordon Zerbe, Academic Vice President at Canadian Mennonite University, graciously offered his expertise in New Testament through a series of public lectures among selected leaders, field workers, and volunteers of various Christian churches and organizations in the Greater Davao Area. Upon the invitation by four groups — UCCP Davao (the Davao City congregation …

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UBJP IS A POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT IN THE MINDANAO PEACE PROCESS

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has organized the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP). Its First Volunteers’ General Assembly was held last 23-25 December 2014 in Camp Darapanan, Barangay Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. From being a revolutionary front, the MILF is transitioning to become a political party. In his opening remarks, Hon. Sammy Al-Mansour, UBJP …

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10 DAYS TOWARD A MUTUALLY AGREED TEXT OF THE BBL: A PEACE WORKER’S JOURNAL

This week, we are witnessing the tail-end of the 17-year peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Right now, both the GPH and the MILF Peace Panels are in the middle of their 10-hour per day workshop for 10 days, August 01-10, rolling their sleeves up …

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GOD’S COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM IS MEANT TO BLESS ALL NATIONS

Justice and peace are major aspects of the character of YHWH–the God of Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, and Jacob.In the Tanak (Old Testament), YHWH implemented Divine Discipline among all nations: blessings to those who obey God’s justice and peace; curses to those who violated God’s justice and peace, including Israel. We believe in the YHWH-statement in …

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AERIAL SURVEY CONFIRMS VERY SLOW REHABILITATION RESPONSE FROM THE GOVERNMENT

Today’s aerial survey of the Yolanda-affected areas in Panay Island helped us see the implications of shelter repair kits, livelihood initiatives, and other interventions to the total work of community development and how we can help enhance what is being done. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), “Some isolated …

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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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OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

We are sent by Mennonite Church Canada Witness in partnership with our international community.