Today in Philippine History, February 17, 1872, Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Apolonio Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora were executed

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   Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Apolonio Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora
   (Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Apolonio Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora)
On February 17, 1872, the three martyred Priests, Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Apolonio Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora, better known for the acronym GOMBURZA, were executed by garrote by the Spaniards in Bagumbayan in connection with the 1872 Cavite Mutiny.

The three priests incurred the hatred of the Spanish authorities for leading the campaign against the abusive Spanish friars and fighting for equal rights among priests. They fought on unresolved issues about secularization in the Philippines that resulted in a conflict among the religious regulars and the church seculars.

The Cavite Mutiny of workers in the arsenal of the naval shipyard over pay reduction owing to increased taxation was magnified into a dangerous rebellion and was seized by Spanish authorities as an occasion to silence the proponents of secularization.

The Spanish prosecutors bribed a witness to testify against the three priests who were charged with sedition and treason, which led to their death by garrote.

Their execution left a profound effect on many Filipinos, including Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero, who dedicated his novel Noli Me Tangere to their memory.

Reference: Philippine News Agency


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