Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Biking and Running for Peace in Mindanao (Davao City)

Early this morning I accompanied Fr. Robert Reyes, Fr. Albert Alejo and other participants of the "International Solidarity Conference on Mindanao" for the Bike and Run for Peace around the downtown area of Davao City. I brought along three seminarians who also joined this activity that called for the resumption of the peace negotiation between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Afterwards, the other participants together with Fr. Reyes proceeded to Cotabato for the Caravan for Peace. Christians and Muslims in Central Mindanao gathered along the highway to express their support for the peace process.

Fr. Robert is now based in Hongkong, working for the Asian Human Rights Commission. He just came to Davao to express his support for the peace process. The last time we met was in Iligan in September last year when we also biked and run for peace from Iligan to Kolambugan.
We were planning to run together in the Philippine International Marathon for the Pasig River this February but the marathon was postponed to November 2009. So we have 8 months of preparation for that. We are planning to "bike-run for the environment" around the Laguna Lake(200 km distance) a week before the marathon. We will invite Senator Pia Cayetano to join us.

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