Assigned to Davao city during Rodrigo Duterte's mayoralty, Fr. Picardal helped document nearly 1,500 killings linked to the Davao Death Squad. Imprisoned and tortured during the Marcos era, he has spent many years on Mindanao as an educator and human rights advocate. Until recently, Fr. Picardal was in charge of the Catholic Bishops Conference Committee on Basic Ecclesial Communities. He is a prolific writer and has preached against the "blood lust" in the latest round of killings linked to Duterte's war on drugs.
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