Filipino Redemptorist embarks on 800 km drug war pilgrimage

(UCAN) A Filipino Redemptorist is walking about 800 kilometers on an ancient pilgrim route to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela in Spain to raise awareness about drug-related killings back home.

Brother Ciriaco Santiago began his “pilgrimage for a cause” on the “Camino de Santiago” or “Way of St. James” on July 21 for “the poor who fall victim to the senseless killings every night.”

Some 10,000 suspected drug users and dealers have been killed, mostly in the Philippine capital Manila, since President Rodrigo Duterte declared an “all-out war” against narcotics last year.

“Brother Jun,” as he is known to his friends, joined a group of photojournalists documenting the almost nightly killings last December.

Several months later, the religious brother accumulated thousands of photographs of the grisly murders, the wakes of the victims, and the reactions of their families.

During his pilgrimage, which started in St. Jean Pied de Port in France, the Redemptorist brother was leaving images of victims along the road with a note calling for a stop to the murders. [More]