ABOUT 1,000 members of the Cagayan de Oro City's civic organizations, parishes, agencies, and villages from all over the city joined the 6th annual "Multi-sectoral and Interfaith Prayer Mobilization and Walk for Life" on Saturday, April 29.
With their placards, participants expressed their dismay on the ongoing actions of the government in tackling today’s issues. Some of the protesters' posters bore the cries like “casiNOMORE,” “Death penalty kills the people not crime,” “No to Mina. Yes to Gina” and others.
The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro spearheaded the march which started at about eight in the morning until early afternoon. The crowd started their march from the Capitol Grounds and gathered at the Gaston Park for a short program.
“Mao ni ang bali culmination sa mga activities nga atoang gihimo, kaning ‘Walk for Life.’ Gisugdan nato ni adtong miaging Martes Santo, adunay tulo ka- catechetical cites nga naghatag og catechesis nga supak ta sa Death Penalty og sa ubang mga issues nga makadaot sa kultura sa kinabuhi. Atol sad sa ikaduhang higayon gipakita nato sa Byernes Santo nga aduna tay gihimo nga city-wide protest. Karon maoy ikatulong yugto sa atong pagpadayag. (This is the culmination of the activities that we made, the ‘Walk for Life.’ We started this last Holy Tuesday where we had three catechetical sites which gave catechesis about Death Penalty and other issues that can ruin our culture and life. Last Good Friday, we also had our city-wide protest. This is the third leg of our march),” Monsignor Perseus Cabunoc of the Saint Augustine cathedral said.
Every year, the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro holds a “Walk for Life” event with themes varying according to what the country is facing and what is significant to the Filipinos.
This year, the event was themed, “SUSIHON-TUGKARON-BUHATON-SAULOGON.” (With a report from Rejiann Ammor Maygay, Liceo de Cagayan University intern)
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 30, 2017.