Running Priest Goes To Naga City, Cebu To Protest Against The EJK Of Century-Old Trees
RUNNING PRIEST – Father Roberto Reyes, an environmental priest also known as the “Running Priest, is set to run along the national highway of Naga City, Cebu to protest the cutting of century-old trees.
The trees were scheduled to cut-down on October 17, 2019. There were a total of 32 trees that were scheduled to be chopped down.
According to him, that act could be considered as extrajudicial killings against trees. He said that the cutting is not only an EJK of trees but also an EJK of nature.
He then said that the rights of nature are already being violated. He also lamented on how very few people are speaking up about the destruction.
Reyes said that he would run along the national highway, afterward, tie a white ribbon around each tree about to be cut. He also refuted the Department of Public Works and Highways that the trees are a danger to motorists.
He emphasized that the widened roads caused accidents because it has now become a race track. Some of the trees were rooted on the sidewalks and others outside of the gutters.
Based on an article from Inquirer, the tree cutting has been postponed for one week. It is now being reassessed and evaluated by the DPWH, city government, and Department of Natural Resources (DENR).
The Governor of Cebu, Gwendolyn Garcia stated that tress that lies outside the gutter may be spared. This was if they do not interfere with the drainage in surrounding areas.
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