Honoring a Martyr, Remembering His Heroism
Photo by Jack Eslit, TFDP Visayas
Thirty-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