Amado Picardal, Pilgrim Priest and Vocal Critic of Extrajudicial Killings, Turns 69

Renowned Priest Passes Away at 69, Leaving a Legacy of Activism and Advocacy

In a solemn announcement, it was revealed that Redemptorist priest Amado Picardal had passed away from cardiac arrest at the age of 69. Known to many as Father Picx, Picardal was a vocal advocate for truth and justice, with a storied past that included being arrested and tortured during martial law in the Philippines.

Looking back on his youth, Picardal reflected on his arrest on September 21, 1973, a year after martial law was imposed by then President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. Through his persistent advocacy work, Picardal made a name for himself as a man of the cloth who fought tirelessly for social justice.

Described by his peers as a brilliant and courageous missionary, Picardal was remembered for his outspoken criticism of extrajudicial killings and his involvement in organizations like the Coalition Against Summary Execution (Case). His unwavering commitment to his beliefs nearly cost him his life in 2018, when he narrowly escaped being targeted by assassins.

Born in 1954 in Iligan City, Picardal’s journey led him to become a priest and a professor of theology, where he dedicated himself to forming Basic Ecclesial Communities and advocating for marginalized groups. Throughout his life, Picardal authored several books and articles that highlighted social issues and promoted his advocacies for peace, human rights, and environmental protection.

In his final days, Picardal had been working on a book titled “Sacred Journeys,” chronicling his decades-long commitment to running, hiking, and biking as a means of promoting his beliefs and connecting with his spirituality. Despite his passing, Picardal’s legacy as a tireless advocate and dedicated priest will continue to inspire those who follow in his footsteps.

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