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PRIESTS AND CHURCH WORKERS CHARGED WITH MASS MURDER:

HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE, ATROCITIES AND INJUSTICE UNDER MARCOS

This is a story of the Philippines during the regime of President Ferdinand Marcos. As the Marcos administration began to crumble as democracy faltered, three priests, including Australian Father Brian Gore, were arrested on trumped up charges. Their real ‘crime’ was to speak out and organise poverty stricken rural farmers and workers to stand up against about the blatant violations of human rights and military atrocities occurring on the southern sugar producing island of Negros.

Negros island was out of control. The priests urged the people to stand up and protest against wealthy plantation owners, influential politicians and local military officers who acted like warlords. The result was that the priests and six Filipino church layworkers were charged with multiple murder.

 

 

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sugarworkers mere chattels on negros is.

Brian Gore immediately aligned himself with the small famers and sugar workers on negros island. He would ask their name: 'Tal ako ni Mr S-and-so' would be the reply. 'I am the man of Mr So-and-so.'

The worker wouldn't give his own name. Gore would be furious. "They were more or less saying 'I am part of the goods and chattels of Mr So-and-so, the haciendero' and so they were."

soldiers in a reign of terror against the people

The priests of Negros island began to speak out about the soldiers who were carrying on a reign of terror. Anybody not kowtowing or even thought to be a suspect could be taken in, tortured and killed, according to Father Brian Gore.  

 

trial that embarrassed the president

The case of the Negros Nine accused of the mass murder of five men, including the local mayor, because the trial that embarrassed president Ferdinand Marcos, who eventually intervened to bring the case to a conclusion. Here's how the case came to an end...