Gomburza: The martyred priests of 1872
On the dreadful day February 17, 1872, three Filipino priests, Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos and Jacinto Zamora commonly referred to as the GOMBURZA, faced death at the garrote at the influx of their innocence and at the plenitude of their conscience. As described by revolutionist Emilio Jacinto in his poem, "Gomez, Burgos, Zamora" it was a day of degradation and wretchedness. Jacinto further affirms that these three priests knew how to die for their beloved country. The three martyr priests were just anyone's ordinary parish priest except for the fact that they long not just for secular equality. The GOMBURZA stands for equality among peninsulares, insulares, meztizos and indios. Father Gomez was an ordinary priest who sought for educating his parish. He maintained harmonious relationships with his fellow priests. A fact that should be noted is that before his eventual death, Father Gomez was involved in the publication of the newspaper, "La Verdad," which voices out propaganda ideals. Consequently, Fathers Burgos and Zamora were just mere defenders of human rights and secular equality. Moreover, the GOMBURZA were accused either rightly or wrongly (no one knows up to this very day) of collaborating and leading the Cavite Mutiny, a violent uprising of roughly 200 military personnel and laborers, voicing out their disgusts over the abusive governmental policies that were being pushed mainly by the corporation of friars. However, the uprising wasn't successful and the conspirators were charged with subversion. Amazingly, the GOMBURZA priests, despite the fact that they aren't military personnel nor they are laborers, were charged as the main conspirators of the unsuccessful sedition. Historical accounts, however, do not provide any details on such strong evidences pointing to the guilt of the three martyrs. The only evidence that was presented was a letter received by father Zamora, stating that his friend has "powder...
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