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Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines and the Church's Response

  • Columbia International Affairs Building Rm. 918 420 W 118th St New York USA (map)

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.

The talk will be moderated by Professor Sheila Coronel of the Columbia Journalism School.

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