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ML@50: A clergyman’s message

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ML@50: A clergyman’s message

Fr. Rudy Romano, a Redemptorist priest, was abducted by armed men in barangay Tisa, Cebu City during Martial Law. He was never seen again.

The clergyman identified himself with the poor and joined protest actions denouncing human rights abuses under Marcos’ dictatorship. Two months before his disappearance, his father asked, “I’ve heard a lot of rumors about your activities in Cebu. Why not concentrate solely on your work in the ministry as a priest?”

“Dad, you have already given me to God and I think there is no turning back. If I follow your advice I will not be a worthy priest anymore, because I cannot bear to see these people, the poor of Cebu, especially the squatters, the poor laborers, who are crying to high heaven for help but they have nowhere to go; the government could not help them,” Fr. Rudy replied.

“They go to the priest, they go to the church, they come to me. I am their voice. I am fighting in their behalf. Don’t worry, dad. If I die, I have no family, and you will know who has killed me.”

Sources: https://www.facebook.com/Dandirom/posts/pfbid0JMAw3UtiBG6DgsVgek59f44F6C3KLGdLzmy7dSN8paXT45jTMndXrUrs4utqvucYl

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