Baclaran priest with message of peace arrives in Mindanao on his bike

Maria Cecilia Butardo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 29 2018 05:19 PM | Updated as of Jan 03 2019 07:51 PM

stop-the-killings | Father Amado Picardal and his companion ride on to Iligan for their "Life and Peace" advocacy. Maria Cecilia Butardo, ABS-CBN News

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Father Amado Picardal of the Baclaran Redemptorist Church left this city on his bike Thursday morning, as he proceeds to Iligan City for his "Bike for Life and Peace" advocacy. 

The priest began his journey at the Baclaran church on March 14, riding through Southern Luzon, Bicol, Samar, Leyte and in northern Mindanao hoping to complete the 1,500-kilometer ride Friday. 

Picardal, accompanied by a parishioner, arrived in this city Wednesday at about 11 p.m. and stayed at Bishop’s Palace in Saint Augustine Cathedral.

In his countrywide trip, he hopes to add his voice in the campaign against alleged extrajudicial killings and start the healing of suspected drug users and pushers.

Picardal also calls for the resumption of peace talks between the government and the communist rebels, and the lifting of martial law in Mindanao.

To make his advocacy visible to the public, he and his companion wear a banner when they ride.

Picardal once biked from Davao to Pagudpud town, Ilocos Norte, and also across the Philippines for various advocacies. He said this is his fifth and possibly last long-haul biking journey before retiring.