Sanchez: Walk for life

IT’S a season for walking. “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back,” says the 16th United States president Abraham Lincoln.

Studies have linked walking to a host of benefits, including larger (and stronger) brains, lower stress, and improved creativity. So stop dragging your feet and get moving.

I agree. But there is more to walking than physical exercise. In our walk in life, we must look forward in the country’s walks in life.

In Metro Manila, the Archdiocese of Manila will spearhead the “Walk for Life” prayer rally over the weekend at the Quirino Grandstand, with simultaneous activities in other parts of the country.

Other cities will hold simultaneous walks at the Fuente Osmeña Circle to Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral in Cebu City and Gaston Park in Cagayan de Oro City, Tarlac City Plazuela in Tarlac City, and from the San Pablo City Cathedral to Dagatan Boulevard, Sampaloc Lake in San Pablo City in Laguna.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urges clergy and faithful to stand up for dignity of life in his archdiocese.

The prayer rallies were held on the eve of the 32nd anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution.

The Archdiocese of Manila also formally invited members of the clergy, as well as those from religious groups and lay organizations to join the prayer rally.

Here in Bacolod, 2,000 participants joined the “Lakad (Lipunin at Kalampagin Ang Droga) Tokhang.” There must be no let-up in the campaign against illegal drug traffickers.

Consisting mostly of participants coming from police personnel of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) and Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo), they were joined by local government and village officials, teachers, representatives of other law enforcement units and volunteer groups.

They marched from the Bacolod public plaza toward the Provincial Capitol Lagoon for the signing of the pledge of commitment led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, with Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Castil Jr., director of Nocppo, and Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo, officer-in-charge of BCPO.

The coordinated nationwide “People’s Walk” in support of the police’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs and part of the relaunching of Oplan Tokhang.

But there must be no let-up in ensuring that the Philippine National Police must adhere to the rule of law. All these walks either from the state or civil society must be based on the divine and the country’s fundamental laws enshrined in the Constitution.

Otherwise, as American football coach Ralph Marston put it, “There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.”

(bqsanc@yahoo.com)
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