By Leslie Ann Aquino
A Catholic priest will bike 1,500 kilometers from Manila to Mindanao to call for an end to extrajudicial killings and to call for the resumption of the peace talks.
“This is for life and peace. Again this is to stop the killing, start the healing. At the same time it’s also a call to resume the peace process and lift the prevailing martial law in Mindanao,” Redemptorist priest Amado Picardal said in an interview.
The former executive director of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Committee on Basic Ecclesial Community (CBCP-ECBEC) said although the EJKs have somehow lessened, it is still ongoing that’s why it has to end.
The EJKs in the country allegedly increased due to the war on illegal drugs of the administration.
Picardal asked the public who believe in his advocacy to support his call and join his “Bike for Peace” which will run for 15 days.
“I’d like to appeal to people to support the call,” he said in a separate with Radyo Veritas.
A number of priests are expected to join Picardal such as “running priest” Robert Reyes.
The “Bike for Peace” will start on Wednesday, March 14 at the Baclaran Church where the send off Mass will be held at 8 a.m.
It was in 2008 when Picardal started his biking mission which was followed in 2014.
His advocacy then was to open the eyes of the public on the effects of climate change in view of the disasters caused to the country by typhoons Sendong (2011), Pablo (2012), Yolanda and Ruby (2013).