You were one of the seven priests who advised Archbishop Philip Smith on the new Justice and Peace Ministry of the Archdiocese of Cotabato, and I was hired as its first lay coordinator in 1986. During the first meeting, which you hosted at the Notre Dame University (NDU) faculty house, I was sorting out the documents for distribution when you came in and asked, “Where’s coffee?” I remember there was silence, and I looked up, and everybody was looking at me. I panicked! You left the room, and there was small talk going around, but I was really feeling so bad! You returned to the room with another person who had a huge coffee maker full of coffee, and the bishop and the priests started lining up for their coffee. After the meeting, you jokingly told me, “Next time, be sure to prepare coffee and snacks during our meetings.” I remember answering back, “Not part of my job description!” But really, I was truly grateful to you.
March 22, 2021
We, the undersigned Board of Trustees, staff, alumni, facilitators, and volunteers of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation, Inc. (MPI) from Asia-Pacific and other parts of the world, express our full support to our fellow alumni from Myanmar and their people in their pursuit of democracy, peace, human rights, the rule of law, and fundamental freedoms. We strongly condemn the escalation of violent repression of peaceful protesters across the country.