Category: OFFICIAL PBCI STATEMENTS

MARAWI CITY IS FOR THE PEOPLE OF MARAWI. LET THEM GO BACK TO THEIR HOMES!

We stand in solidarity with the people of Marawi as they demand to go back to their homes in the middle of the city which the military tagged as “Ground Zero”. It was reported that a consortium of China- and Philippine-based corporations have been identified to build the “New Marawi.” But the people of Marawi …

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OUR EVP GOES FOR A TWO-MONTH TRIP TO CANADA AND KENYA

Joji Pantoja, our Executive Vice President at PeaceBuilders Community, will be out of the country from 22 February to 30 April 2018. Her first objective was to enjoy a week of vacation with her children and grandchildren in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Presently, she’s on a speaking tour across Canada, representing us to various Mennonite …

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LAKAN JOINS “ALL-OUT PEACE” NETWORK TO SUPPORT BBL IN CONGRESS

06 March 2016, Philippine Congress — Twenty-five leaders of the “All-Out Peace” Network, a broad alliance of peace movements in the Philippines, engaged the Joint Committees on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) during a public hearing at the House of Representatives. Gus Miclat, Executive Director of Initiatives for International Dialogue and also the team’s overall …

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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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A YOUNGER SET OF COMMITTED LEADERS ARE BEING EQUIPPED TO SPEARHEAD PAR MOVEMENT IN THE NEXT DECADES

We are mentoring the next generation of leaders in this Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) vision and mission  for which we’ve been sent as missionaries. This PAR Movement is now being carried by three ‘organizational vehicles’ — PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI), Coffee for Peace Corp. (CfPC) and AJM Planning and Design (AJM). These young leaders are experimenting to organize …

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PBCI WORKS WITH ASDECS IN ADVANCING SHALOM-BASED, RADICAL TRANSFORMATION

The Asian School of Development and Cross-Cultural Studies (ASDECS), Inc. and the PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) have found key points of convergence in advancing non-violent, radical transformation. For starters, both PBCI and ASDECS share people who serve in their respective corporate leadership. Lakan Sumulong, the president and CEO of PBCI agreed to be a member of …

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PRACTICING COMPASSION WHILE CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS 2017 IN MINDANAO

How do we celebrate Christmas in the midst of human sufferings around us? We’re just recovering from Marawi War where more than a thousand died and more than a million people were displaced. Then Tropical Storm Vinta devastated us in the past few days with floods and landslides leaving 200+ dead. The humble home of one of the families …

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TWO BASIC REASONS WHY WE SUPPORT THE 2017 BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW

PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) has been supporting the Peace Process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) since 2006. Our support is based on a spiritual and theological conviction as a community of peace and reconciliation missionaries who follow Jesus of Nazareth. Our hope is ultimately based on …

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PBCI STATEMENT ON SOME CHRISTIANS’ UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR DURING RELIEF OPERATIONS AMONG DISPLACED PERSONS FROM MARAWI

We, the PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI), a national team of Christian peace and reconciliation missionaries, are deeply concerned and saddened by the behavior of some fellow Christians who have placed Bibles, translated in Maranao language, inside relief packs that were distributed in certain evacuation centers where displaced persons from Marawi are currently staying. We, at …

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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 elements …

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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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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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OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

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