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Pambungad na Tula - Pag-alala kay Fr. Rudy Romano
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Monday, 11 July 2016 13:43

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Photo by Malaya Lara, TFDP Luzon

Pambungad na Tula ni Mr. Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director, TFDP

Bawat bato, bawat pangalan

Simbolo ng mga nakipaglaban

Para sa ating demokrasya at kalayaan

Bawat bato ay alaala

Ng mga kasamang winala

Ng mga babaeng nilapastangan at ginahasa

Ng mga ikinulong at nagdusa

Ng mga libu-libong pinaslang

Ng mga pinahirapan at tinortyur.

Bawat pangalan

Ay kwento ng kadakilaan

Bawat pangalan

Ay sagisag ng pagmamahal sa Inang Bayan

Bawat pangalan

Ay mamamayan na nag-alay ng buhay

Para sa ating kalayaan.

Bawat Bato, bawat pangalan

Ay mga martir at bayani ng sambayanan.

Hindi ang diktador ang dapat kilalanin

Hindi ang magnanakaw ang dapat dakilain

Ang mamamayan, ang mga lumaban

Sila ang tunay na bayani ng lipunan.

Ang batong alay ay pagwagayway

Ng bandila ng mga nag-alay ng buhay.

Habang ang henerasyon namin ay nakatindig

Kailanman kasamaan ay ‘di mananaig.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 16:28
 
Honoring a Martyr, Remembering His Heroism
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Monday, 11 July 2016 13:29

Honoring a Martyr, Remembering His Heroism

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Photo by Jack Eslit, TFDP Visayas

romanoThirty-one years ago, Fr. Rudy Romano of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer was enforcibly disappeared.

He has not been seen since.

The enemies of freedom and democracy silenced the voice of a prophet of his time. He dared to stand against tyranny and dictatorship. His voice gave words to the anguish of a people longing for liberation from modern-day slavery and corruption.

His eyes saw the plunder of the nation’s wealth, the gross human rights violations and the capacity for terror of a regime reeling from the incessant assaults of the people’s resistance.

His arms sought the arms of the oppressed and linked with them in an act of solidarity. In the struggle to be free, priest and people became one. Truly, the man of God became a man for, and of the people.

Today, his voice lingers in the cries and shouts of the poor still struggling to be human, still longing for a life of dignity.

Today, his shadow haunts those who snatched him from our midst. Their restless souls are damned to perdition.

Today, the lessons from his life and struggles continue to find meaning:

In the struggle of the working class for an end to contractualization and slave labor;

In the fight to promote and defend human rights and human dignity;

In the battle for decent housing for the rural and urban poor;

In the struggle to free ourselves from foreign domination;

In the struggle to emancipate our women from patriarchy and discrimination;

In the struggle of all other sectors for a life of dignity and inclusion.

Today, we remember a martyr. Today, we honor a hero of the people’s struggles.

By EMMANUEL AMISTAD,Executive Director TFDP

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 13:38
 
TFDP to President Duterte: Marcos’ hero’s burial an insult to Fr. Rudy Romano, enforced disappearance victim during Martial Law
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Monday, 11 July 2016 13:18

TFDP to President Duterte: Marcos’ hero’s burial an insult to Fr. Rudy Romano, enforced disappearance victim during Martial Law

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Photo by Ramiel Aballe, TFDP Visayas

One of the thousand reasons why Ferdinand Marcos should not be given a hero’s burial is the disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano thirty-one years ago, according to the human rights group Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP).

TFDP together with other human rights and church groups commemorate the 31st Anniversary of the disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano in a gathering of human rights defenders, student leaders, teachers, youth and religious leaders on July 9, 2016, at the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) Auditorium, Magallanes Street, Cebu City and on July 11 at the Museum of Courage and Resistance in Quezon City.

“The enemies of freedom and democracy silenced the voice of a prophet of his time. He dared to stand against tyranny and dictatorship,” Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director of TFDP said in a statement read during the opening of the said event.

“His voice gave words to the anguish of a people longing for liberation from modern-day slavery and corruption”, he added.

Fr. Rudy Romano of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer was involuntarily disappeared on July 11, 1985 by suspected military men. He has not been seen ever since.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 13:26
 
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