Press Release
August 28, 2018

Dispatch from Crame No. 369:
Sen. Leila M. de Lima's statement on the death threats vs Fr. Picardal


The threat on Fr. Amado "Picx" Picardal's life cannot be ignored. It must be taken very seriously. There should be a thorough investigation of reports on suspicious men "casing" out his movements and threatening his security so that these blatant threats on his life can be stopped.

We express our deep solidarity with Fr. Picardal, as he continues to speak against extra-judicial killings perpetrated by the Davao Death Squad and other vigilante groups. Any harm that will befall him can only be attributed to the powers-that-be who are responsible for the thousands of killings of poor Filipinos. The threat on Fr. Picardal is just another manifestation of the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators of EJKs in the country.

Despite these threats, we are sure that Fr. Picardal will not lose courage in challenging the death squads and their leaders, as he continues to help the families of EJK victims in their search for justice. We are with Fr. Picardal every step of the way.

Fr. Picx, hindi ka nag-iisa. We pray for your safety and continued strength.

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