Philippine Asian News Today Vol 20 No 16 - Page 25

August 16 - 31, 2018 PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY RELIGIOUS FOCUS: FATHER AMADO PICARDAL COMING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN, EVADING THE DEATH SQUAD Two weeks ago (August 11) , I almost became a victim of extrajudicial killing and the 4th priest to be killed under the Duterte Regime had I stuck to my routine. For over four months, I have been living a quiet life as a hermit on top of the mountain overlooking the city of Cebu, spending my time in silence, solitude, prayer and writing. I usually go down to the Redemptorist monastery in Cebu twice a month to bond with my fellow Redemptorists, check my email and FB, get my food supplies and go to the coffee shop nearby before dinner. At first, I didn’t realize this routine would put my life at risk. Since 2017, I was receiving information that the death squad was going to target priests and that I was on top of the list. When the three priests were killed, I was certain that I could be next. I even received