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Priest, journalists ’run for justice’
Outpouring of anger over murder of Philippine radio broadcaster Gerardo OrtegaFather Robert Reyes, right, and Gina Lopez of ABS-CBN Foundation, run with journalists in Puerto Princesa City
- Eliseo Valendez, Puerto Princesa City
- January 27, 2011
Father Robert Reyes, the so-called ‚Äúrunning priest,‚ÄĚ said they were ‚Äúsad and very angry‚ÄĚ at Ortega‚Äôs killing.
The group ran from Puerto Princesa Airport to Sta. Monica Chapel in Sta. Monica Village where Ortega‚Äôs wake is being held.
Ortega was shot dead on Jan. 24 whilst out shopping following his daily morning radio broadcast.
The priest said Ortega was known to locals as a courageous advocate, ‚Äúwhose only intention was to preserve Palawan from environmental destruction.‚ÄĚ
In his radio program ‚ÄúRamatak,‚ÄĚ Ortega heavily criticized local government officials who supported mining concessions in the province.
Father Reyes, who is in charge of several environmental programs of the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa, said Ortega ‚Äúfought against politicians whose aim is to sell Palawan for personal gain.‚ÄĚ
These leaders promise ‚Äúsustainable logging‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúsustainable mining‚ÄĚ but later on forget what the word ‚Äúsustainable‚ÄĚ means, said the priest.
Gina Lopez, president of the ABS-CBN Foundation that worked with Ortega on environmental and tourism projects, joined the run. She said the broadcaster only dreamed of a ‚Äúcountry where natural resources would be protected and nurtured.‚ÄĚ
Father Reyes told ucanews.com the Church has launched a 10-million signature petition against mining in the province.
Further attacks on environmentalists likely
Philippine anti-mining activists remain defiant