Lakan Sumulong

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).

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JOJI SERVES AS PLENARY SPEAKER AT THE 2019 LEARNING CONFERENCE

Last 15 January 2019, Joji served as plenary speaker at the Learning Conference 2019 which was held at the Mary Hill Retreat Center, Taytay, Rizal. This conference was organized by the Asian School of Development and Cross-Cultural Studies (ASDECS) in partnership with Kabalikat Para sa Maunlad na Buhay, Inc. The conference theme was “Conspiracy of the Wise Builders” — it’s about building sustainable, regenerating, and transformational communities.

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MAY THE CHARACTER OF THE PRINCE OF PEACE BRING HOPE THIS CHRISTMAS 2018

Christmas may not be merry among most Filipino families. These children sleeping on street islands reflect the suffering of most Filipinos because of soaring prices and a weakening economy — the result of greed-oriented policies and corrupt system of governance. But we still shout, with much conviction, that in the midst of these painful realities, God is with us. Immanu El! The Creator chose to visit us as a human being. The Eternal One chose to dwell with us as a mortal. This is Hope Incarnate!

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RESPONDING TO EO 70 WITH OUR IMAGINATION OF ‘INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE PEACE’

Executive Order 70 will surely affect our active, nonviolent field operations as Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) workers. EO 70 uses novel terminologies such as ‘whole-of-nation approach,’ ‘inclusive and sustainable peace,’ ‘end local armed conflict,’ and ‘national peace framework.’ And yet Martial Law in Mindanao continues. How do we proceed with our work in the context of an increasingly militarizing PAR mission field?

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LISTENING IS THE FIRST ACT OF LOVING, AND BUILDING PEACE WITH, OUR NEIGHBORS

Love necessarily involves listening. Listening is the first act of love. We listen because we love and worship a Creator-God who listens. We listen because it is the initial action we need to demonstrate as we seek to love, and to build peace with, our neighbors.

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ECONOMIC-ECOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATION AND BIOSPHERE CONSCIOUSNESS

Economic-ecological transformation is the process of profound and radical change that orients our means of livelihood and our management of creation in a new direction — towards biosphere consciousness. And this consciousness needs to be guided and be energized by the values of the Rule of the Great Creator — like spiritually-rooted hope, justice-based liberation, patient activism, and unconditional love.

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MARAWI: LIBERATION THAT TURNED OUT TO BE AN OCCUPATION

“October 17, 2017 was supposed to be liberation but it turned out to be liberation for another occupation. Occupation in the sense that people are continuously demanding for safe and dignified return. Occupation in the sense that rehabilitation’s framework is not IDP-centered. Occupation in the sense that rehab start is continuously being postponed. Occupation in the sense that military is occupying the ground zero and there is ongoing construction of a military garrison.” ~ Dr. Tirmizy Abdullah, Professor of History, Mindanao State University, Marawi City.

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BRIDGE-BUILDING IN A DIVIDED, MILITARIZED SOCIETY: THE WAY OF JESUS

As a body of Jesus’ followers, PeaceBuilders Community seeks to constantly sound the Gong of Harmony to call peace-loving people to help build bridges between conflicting parties in this land. Our desire is to demonstrate peace-and-reconciliation principles and practices as embodied in our community.

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I WAS INVITED BY IID TO JOIN A SEGMENT OF A COMMUNITY-BASED PEACE PROCESS

The indigenous peacebuilding approaches of the Aromanen Ne Menuvu and the Maguindanawon first nations enriched my life and insights as a peace worker. I saw in these peacebuilding events what John Paul Lederach describes as “innovative approaches to create a time and a place to address, to integrate, and to embrace the painful past and the necessary shared future as a means of dealing with the present.”

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SOME NOTES ON MY CURRENT UNDERSTANDING OF FEDERALISM

There have been so much discussions and debate about the planned federalization of the Philippines. Here are my current study notes as I inform myself about this direction where our government is leading our people.

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IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIANS, PRAYING FOR THE PEACE OF BOTH JEWS AND PALESTINIANS

This is where I part ways, theologically and ethically, with many of my Christian Zionist friends, many of them happen to be my ministry colleagues in the evangelical community. Standing up with the Palestinians. This is also a proper time to reaffirm my solidarity with my Palestinian sisters and brothers in Christ who are suffering under the …

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PEACE AND RECONCILIATION: BEYOND THE IMAGES OF KIM AND MOON AT THE INTER-KOREA SUMMIT

We’re very happy that North and South Korea are about to begin their unification process! We applaud the persistent effort of the South Korean government to make this inter-Korean summit a successful event. “Since his inauguration in May 2017,” a Hankyoreh editorial stated, “Moon has continually made overtures of peace to the North.” We are also excited …

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WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR PARTNERS IN THE FIELD AS THEY SUFFER UNDER MARTIAL LAW

Many of our partners from among the Indigenous Peoples (IP) in the field are struggling to keep their ancestral lands from the encroachment of big, powerful corporations. The corporations are mostly supported by the government. Our IP partners are now crying against abuses and human rights violations by both state and non-state armed groups. Our …

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OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

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