About Fr. Joel Tabora SJ

NOTES FROM FR. JOEL: President Duterte Designates Prof. Jose David Lapuz CHED Chair

NOTES FROM FR. JOEL: President Duterte Designates Prof. Jose David Lapuz CHED Chair

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) -- I first saw him on TV during the Duterte Miting de Avance when the Presidential Candidate bowed to him as his former teacher at the Lyceum and attempted to make man ...

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NOTES FROM FR. JOEL: The President and the King

NOTES FROM FR. JOEL: The President and the King

[Address to the ADDU General Faculty Convocation, Finster Auditorium, June 2, 2016] We have a new President of the Philippines, our Philippines. His name is Rodrigo Duterte. And he is ours. We have a ...

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COMMENTARY: For the love of Davao

COMMENTARY: For the love of Davao

(Address of Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ, President of the Ateneo de Davao University, before the 17th City Council of Davao on Feburary 16, 2016)  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 February) -- I am not a Davaeño by b ...

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PEACETALK: More guns to kill more IPs

PEACETALK: More guns to kill more IPs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 October) -- Fundamentally, the indigenous peoples (IPs) want to be left alone. They want to work their lands according to their customs and traditions, see to the education an ...

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PEACETALK: Launching the Mindanao Peace Games (MPG)

PEACETALK: Launching the Mindanao Peace Games (MPG)

[Welcome Address to the administrators and sports officeals of the founding schools: Faber Hall, Community Center of the First Companions, Ateneo de Davao University on Oct 16, 2015] Towards the end o ...

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COMMENTARY: Catholic Education and the Poor

COMMENTARY: Catholic Education and the Poor

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 October) -- The Annual Convention of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) is probably the most impressive of educators’ conferences in the Philippine ...

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PEACETALK: Pressing Peace Legislation

PEACETALK: Pressing Peace Legislation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 Sept) -- The peace negotiations between the Moro Islamic Liberation Force (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) emerged out of a situation of war. It had become c ...

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PEACETALK: The legislators want peace?

PEACETALK: The legislators want peace?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 Sept) -- The legislators don’t seem to want to call it the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) anymore. Both in the House (HB 5811) and the Senate (SB 2894), they are now calling it th ...

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COMMENTARY: Gang Rape of the Constitution

COMMENTARY: Gang Rape of the Constitution

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /08 June) -- There is a gang rape ongoing. It is led by Speaker Sonny Belmonte and his gang of rapacious congressmen. It is to be joined by like-spirited senators. It is not a si ...

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PEACETALK: Strength, but not without Shame

PEACETALK: Strength, but not without Shame

[A Reflection on Our Trustworthiness vis-à-vis Muslim Filipinos] DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 May) -- In presenting the report of the Peace Council on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to both the Congressio ...

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COMMENTARY: President Aquino’s Second Address on Mamasapano

COMMENTARY: President Aquino’s Second Address on Mamasapano

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 Feb) -- Today’s reading from Hebrews says: “Obey your leaders and defer to them, for they keep watch over you and will have to give an account, that they may fulfill their tas ...

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KOMENTARYO: Ang Biyuda, ang mga bata sa Mamasapano, ug ang Bangsamoro

KOMENTARYO: Ang Biyuda, ang mga bata sa Mamasapano, ug ang Bangsamoro

ni Fr. Joel Tabora SJ niadtong Enero 31, 2015, 10:08 sa buntag gihubad sa Cebuano ni Agustin Don Pagusara DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews / Pebrero 3) -- Samtang akong giampoan ang Ebanghelyo ni Hesus ng ...

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COMMENTARY: The Widow, the Children of Mamasapano, and the Bangsamoro

COMMENTARY: The Widow, the Children of Mamasapano, and the Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 January) -- As I prayed over the Gospel of Jesus calming the storm today (Mk 4:35-41), two images from yesterday’s events stood out in my reflections: the image of the widow ...

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COMMENTARY: Mamasapano, the President, and the Bangsamoro Basic Law

COMMENTARY: Mamasapano, the President, and the Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /29 January) -- The President has called for a day of mourning for those who perished in Mamasapano. When we fly our flags at half mast on Friday, and call upon the God whom we k ...

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PERSONAL ESSAY: From Sri Lankan Elephants to Philippine Jesuits for Pope Francis

PERSONAL ESSAY: From Sri Lankan Elephants to Philippine Jesuits for Pope Francis

MANILA (MindaNews/17 January) -- How does one explain the privilege of having been able to encounter this holy man, Francis, except to say, sincerely, it’s not explainable? No work, no achievement, no ...

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Of Tenderness and Revolution on New Year’s Day 2015

Of Tenderness and Revolution on New Year’s Day 2015

The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace.” (Nm. 6:24-26) This beautiful blessing, proclaimed in t ...

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PEACETALK: Transitional Justice and the Bangsamoro

PEACETALK: Transitional Justice and the Bangsamoro

[Welcome Address: Launch of ForumZFD's Moving Beyond: Towards Transitional Justice in the Bangsamoro Peace Process, at the Apo View Hotel, Davao City on July 14, 2014). It is my pleasure to welcome yo ...

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PEACETALK: Historical Moment in Mindanao: Bangsamoro

PEACETALK: Historical Moment in Mindanao: Bangsamoro

Author’s contribution to the session on Education and Culture of Peace: the Future of Mindanao on June 7, the second day of the International Conference of Cotabato at the Notre Dame University. Confe ...

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WELCOME REMARKS: As a Sword Needs a Whetstone

WELCOME REMARKS: As a Sword Needs a Whetstone

Good afternoon. Assalamu Allaykum. May God's peace and compassion be always in our hearts! It is my pleasure to welcome you all this afternoon to the First Mindanao Book Festival! George R.R. Martin, ...

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COMMENTARY: About “Pork”: Integrity will Prevail

COMMENTARY: About “Pork”: Integrity will Prevail

Today we come together as Filipino citizens who believe in the Philippines and believe in one another. We come together with love for our country and love for one another, refusing to yield to the tem ...

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COMMENTARY: The Lost Sheep: Rescue or Deny?

COMMENTARY: The Lost Sheep: Rescue or Deny?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 April) -- When the State under Bismarck confiscated Church property in Germany during its secularization drive at the end of the 19th century, the State undertook to collect a ...

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COMMENTARY: The Dancing Elephant in the Crystal Shop: SMI

COMMENTARY: The Dancing Elephant in the Crystal Shop: SMI

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 Feb) -- I thought the country was looking for a way of doing responsible mining. And that the Aquino administration was serious in pursuing this. There are those, of course, w ...

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COMMENTARY: Ang Gulo Gulo Natin!

COMMENTARY: Ang Gulo Gulo Natin!

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 Sept) -- Conrado de Quiros was never known to mince words. He rapped Manny Pangilinan (“Alien,” PDI, 9/26) for the latter’s now-famous outburst, “Ang gulo gulo nyo!” with its ...

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COMMENTARY: EO 79 on Mining – a Mixed Bag. by Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J.

COMMENTARY: EO 79 on Mining – a Mixed Bag. by Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J.

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 July) -- Tony La Viña of the AdMU School of Government said that the long-awaited, oft postponed E.O. on Mining would be a disappointment for everyone.  He was incorrect.  The ...

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