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[From the web] Pol Prisoner Holds Hunger Strike for Fr.Romano and All Victims of Rights Abuse – hrdefenders.wordpress.com

Pol Prisoner Holds Hunger Strike for Fr.Romano and All Victims of Rights Abuse
by yoyong, hrdefenders.wordpress.com
July 15, 2013

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A political prisoner in Cebu marked the 28th year commemoration of the abduction and disappearance of Redemptorist priest Rudy Romano on July 11, 2013 with a hunger strike until the Presidential State-of-the-Nation Address on July 22, 2013.

Subsisting exclusively on fluids, Ramon Patriarca timed his protest on the day of the activist priest’s abduction to support call of KARAPATAN for truth and justice on Romano’s fate.

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[Press Release] The Legacy of Abducted and Disappeared Redemptorist Priest Fr. Rudy Romano, C.Ss.R. for the Cause of Justice and Peace, Continues

The Legacy of Abducted and Disappeared Redemptorist Priest Fr. Rudy Romano, C.Ss.R.
for the Cause of Justice and Peace, Continues

Cebu Archbishop Most Rev. Jose S. Palma encourages the Archdiocese of Cebu parishes, religious communities and schools to make the people aware of the life and advocacies of disappeared and abducted Redemptoristpriest Fr. Rudy Romano, C.Ss.R.

In a letter to the clergy, religious and laity of the Archdiocese of Cebu, Archbishop Palma urged the local church to follow Fr. Romano’s example in addressing social concerns and legitimate human needs.

At Sunday Masses on July 7, 2013, all parishes are encouraged to read the Archdiocesan Statement on the Commemoration of the 28th Year of the Abduction/Disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano, CSsR.

Redemptorist Center for Social and Ecological Concerns (RECSEC) Director Bro. Karl Gaspar, CSsR said, “It has been 28 years since the abduction Fr. Rudy Romano, C.Ss.R. on July 11, 1985; and 13 years since he was presumed dead, yet Cebuanos never cease to remember and to carry on his legacy.”

On July 11, 2013, to mark the 28th anniversary of the abduction/disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano, the Redemptorist Province of Cebu will hold activities to relive the story and advocacy of Fr. Rudy.

At 8:30 a.m. on July 11, in Brgy Tisa,Labangon, Cebu City, the Redemptorists will lead a wreath-laying ceremony at the site of Fr. Romano’s abduction by the armed men of the Marcos Martial Law Regime.

At 5:30 p.m. of the same day, there will be a ‘Mass to Remember Fr. Rudy Romano’ in the Redemptorist Church. After the mass, there will be a short program and awarding of prizes to the winners of the poster-making and essay-writing contests participated in by students of Catholic Schools.The contests’ theme is “How the youth can help build the Church of the Poor following the example of Fr. Rudy Romano,CSsR”. A candle-lighting ceremony at the Redemptorist Church rotunda will conclude the day’s anniversary commemoration.

The Holy Father, Pope Francis has challenged the Faithful to focus on being agents of God’s mercy to the poor, the suffering, and those alienated from the Church.

Responding to this call, the Redemptorists and the whole Church strive to continue Fr. Rudy’s legacy in helping build the Church of the Poor; to follow his example in advocating human rights, justice, peace, and love.

For Reference:

Donald Bryan Angayan
Staff Member, Redemptorist Center for Social & Ecological Concerns (RECSEC)
Tel. No. 412-6903
09984564378

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[Statement] On the Commemoration of the 28th Anniversary of the Disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano, CSsR- Archbishop Jose Palma

Archdiocesan Statement
On the Commemoration of the 28th Anniversary of the Disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano, CSsR
July 11, 2013

My dear Brothers and Sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ,

The Fourth Diocesan Synod of Cebu in 1986 declared, “Option for the poor is a Christian option. Defending the human dignity of the poor and their hope for a human future is not a luxury of the Church. It is its duty” (Cebu Synod 4, The Servant Church, #6).

Similarly, our Holy Father Pope Francis, said that the Year of Faith should be “less preoccupied by non-essential rituals but more focused on our being agents of God’s mercy to the poor, the suffering and those alienated from the Church because the mercy of God is always victorious!”

He also expressed his wish, “Ah, how I would like a Church that is poor and that is for the poor.”

Our Holy Father would be happy to know that in the 1980’s, this was realized in the life and advocacy of Fr. Rudy Romano and other church people. Fr. Rudy and other church people defended the rights of the poor and the oppressed, “even when doing so meant alienation or persecution from the rich and powerful” (PCP II, 131).

The Archdiocese of Cebu notes that in 1986, the City Government of Cebu installed a marker at Tisa, Labangon, Cebu City to mark the place “where Fr. Rudy Romano, a Redemptorist Father and human rights fighter was abducted by armed men of the deposed Marcos Regime on July 11, 1985.”

Likewise, the Cebu Provincial Government in 1987, passed a resolution “Adopting Fr. Rudy Romano as a Son of the Province of Cebu” since even if he was from Samar, “prior to his disappearance, Fr. Romano contributed much in terms of promoting human rights, rendering concrete assistance and social service to less-privileged Cebuanos and in making Cebu a strong bastion of the people’s successful fight for freedom and justice during the dark years of the deposed dictatorship.”

The abduction and disappearance of Fr. Rudy and a student leader, Levi Ybañez, 28 years ago have not been resolved. Meanwhile, until today, the poor peasants, fisherfolks, workers, urban poor and other marginalized sectors continue to strive for their human dignity to be upheld.

We are called to follow Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who “lay down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). Fr. Rudy showed us how to be advocates for social renewal. He showed us how to be like Jesus, who loved the poor, lived and died for the salvation of all.

Non nobis Domine,
+JOSE S. PALMA, D.D.
Archbishop of Cebu

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[Statement] AFAD Statement On the 18th Anniversary of the Flame of Courage Monument and 27th year of the Disappearance of the Redemptorist priest, Fr. Rudy Romano

AFAD Statement
On the 18th Anniversary of the Flame of Courage Monument and 27th year of the Disappearance of the Redemptorist priest, Fr. Rudy Romano

11 July 2012

A Liberating Sacrifice

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King

In Philippine history, a number of religious organizations have played an important role not only in building the moral foundation of society, but also in championing the cause of human dignity and liberty especially under the most difficult and trying situations. In the course of championing the cause of human rights, especially of the wretched of the earth, Church people were and continue to be subjected to persecution. The progressive segments of the Philippine churches have strongly responded to the cry of the people against repression and oppression. A number of Church people had sacrificed their lives “ for the ransom of many” by protecting people’s rights. The recent killing of Dutch layworker and missionary, Willem Geertman is one of the latest forms of persecution of the progressive segment of the Churches – concluded by police investigations as simple robbery without the benefit of a scrutiny on the motivation behind, considering the victim’s land reform and anti-mining advocacy.

Since Martial Law, many religious people were not spared from the brutal human rights violations of its worst forms, including enforced disappearances, torture and extrajudicial killings. For families of the disappeared in the Philippines, the name of Redemptorist priest, Fr. Rudy Romano as martyr and hero, because of his life of selfless service to the poor, shall always be remembered. Twenty-seven years ago, in Labangon, on 11 July 1985, Fr. Romano was abducted by alleged members of the Military Intelligence Group in Labangon, Cebu City. Despite strong evidence against the perpetrators, the latter were acquitted.

The still unresolved disappearance of Fr. Romano and the very recent killing of the Dutch missionary, Willem Geertman are concrete manifestations of the continuing persecution of Church people who lived the very essence of the gospels; followed the footsteps of Christ and served the poor, deprived and oppressed. In treading the road less travelled through their human rights advocacy, they earned the ire of the Machiavellian forces of our times. Their persecution and the utter absence of redress prove the existence of impunity.

Today is the 27th anniversary of the disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano. In this commemoration, we reflect on the inspiring life and exemplary deeds of Fr. Rudy Romano.

In a couple of days, we will also commemorate the 18th anniversary of the unveiling of “Flame of Courage,” as part of the Bantayog ng mga Desaparecido memorial shrine at the Baclaran Redemptorist church grounds. The monument bearing the figure of a woman holding a torch along with a child carrying a picture of his missing father symbolizes the hope of many families of the disappeared to be once again reunited with their disappeared loved ones. The monument now serves as a place where families, friends and human rights advocates gather to remember, offer prayers and pay tribute to the memory of Filipino Desaparecidos. On this occasion, as we remember Fr. Rudy, Mr. Geertman and many other victims, we call on the Philippine government under the administration of Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to prioritize the enactment of the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Law and to accept the recommendation of many States during the 2nd Universal Periodic Review on the Philippines before the UN Human Rights Council to immediately sign and ratify of the International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. These two complementary legal measures, if adopted and put in place, can serve as effective tools not only to provide better human rights protection, but also to combat impunity.

The supreme sacrifice of Fr. Rudy Romano, layleader and Dutch missionary, Mr. Willem Geertman and of many others serve as seeds which will certainly sprout and grow and bear fruits a hundredfold. We believe that the sacrifice made by righteous men and women like them can lead us to the true path of a just, peaceful and humane society free from enforced disappearances and other forms of human rights violations.

As the Gospel of John 2:24 states, “I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat fails to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

As the Gospel of John 2:24 states, “I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat fails to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” The perpetrators have not silenced just men and women just because they have killed them or made them disappear.

Justice for Fr. Rudy Romano!
Justice for Mr. Willem Geertman!
Justice for all victims of persecution of Church people.

Signed and authenticated by:

MUGIYANTO
Chairperson

MARY AILEEN D. BACALSO
Secreetary-General

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[Statement] Disappeared Fr. Rudy Romano is Found among the People of God who Work for Justice and Peace -TFUC-AMRSP Cebu

TASK FORCE ON URBAN CONSCIENTIZATION
A Mission Partner of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines
(TFUC-AMRSP Cebu)

Press Statement (July 9, 2012)

Disappeared Fr. Rudy Romano is Found
among the People of God who Work for Justice and Peace
(TFUC-AMRSP Statement on the 27th year of Fr. Rudy Romano’s Abduction on July 11, 1985)

We, priests, women and men religious, seminarians and laity of the Task Force on Urban Conscientization, Mission Partner of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (TFUC-AMRSP Cebu), remember Fr. Rudy Romano’s unfading example of selflessness and sacrifice, through the commitment to continue his work of love, justice and peace.

Fr. Rudy Romano, CSsR, obeyed the greatest commandments of loving God and loving the least of our brothers and sisters. He lived the exhortation of the Vatican II, “The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties… especially of those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ.”

27 years since Fr. Rudy Romano’s disappearance, we have witnessed a renewed vigor in the local Church of the Archdiocese of Cebu, led by the Cebu Archbishop Most Rev. Jose S. Palma, in journeying with the poor, to be with them in their hopes, dreams, griefs and anxieties.

Last February 14, 2012, Archbishop Palma formed the Archdiocesan Discernment Group (ADG) composed of priests, religious, seminarians and laity to help him address the cry for help from the marginalized sectors such as the urban poor, fisherfolks, farmers, labor and others.

Nearly 3 decades ago, Fr. Rudy linked arms with the urban poor to stop the demolition of urban poor homes in Barangay Luz; and today, we witness the Cebu church people, praying and discerning with all sectors concerned to seek for a humane resolution to the dispute of land acquisition affecting more than 30 households in Sitios Lubi, Nangka and Mabuhay in Barrio Luz, Cebu City.

Fr. Rudy helped organize the farmers and fisherfolks; and today, priests, nuns and laypeople journey with all sectors to address the issue of the Cordova Reclamation Project which affects the livelihood of fisherfolks.

Fr. Rudy was with the workers in the efforts to form genuine labor unions; and a year ago, we have seen how Cebu church people overwhelmingly participated in the conference of church people and workers seeking to “reclaim the dignity of human work.”

Fr. Rudy’s sacrifice was not in vain. As martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero said, prophets “plant the seeds that one day will grow…”

Today, we find the disappeared Fr. Rudy, in the people of God who collectively work and sacrifice so that God’s Kingdom of love, justice, and peace will be realized.

In Christ the Redeemer,
Fr. Cris Mostajo, CSsR (SGD.)
Cebu Chair
TFUC-AMRSP
Tel. No. 412-6903
Email: tfuccebu@yahoo.com
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Press Statement (July 9, 2012)
Ang Nawala nga si Fr. Rudy Romano Makaplagan diha sa Katawhan sa Dios
nga Naglihok alang sa Hustisya ug Kalinaw
(TFUC-AMRSP Cebu Pamahayag sa Paghandum sa ika-27 ka Tuig nga Kasumaran sa Pagdagit
kang Fr. Rudy Romano niadtong Hulyo 11, 1985)

Kami, kaparian, relihiyoso, mga seminarista ug layko sa Task Force on Urban Conscientization, mission partner sa Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (TFUC-AMRSP Cebu), naghinumdom sa bulawanong panig-ingnan ni Fr. Rudy Romano sa pagsakripisyo ug pagsalikway sa kaugalingon. Gihinumdoman nato siya pinaagi sa lig-on nga commitment sa pagpadayon sa iyang gimbuhaton alang sa gugma, hustisya ug kalinaw.

Si Fr. Rudy Romano, CSsR, mituman sa mga kasugoan sa paghigugma sa Dios ug sa “paghigugma sa pinakaubos” sa atong kaigsoonan. Iyang gipuy-an ang deklarasyon sa Vatican II, “Ang mga kalipay ug mga paglaom, ang mga kaguol ug kabalaka, labina sa mga kabos o nasakit, kini mao usab ang mga kalipay ug paglaom, ang mga kaguol ug kabalaka sa mga sumusunod ni Kristo.”

27 ka tuig human sa pagkawala ni Fr. Rudy Romano, atong masaksihan ang subling kadasig sa lokal nga simbahan sa Artsidiyosesis sa Sugbo, pinangulohan sa Arsobispo sa Sugbo Most Rev. Jose S. Palma, sa pag-uban sa mga kabos diha sa ilang mga paglaom, mga damgo, mga kasakit ug mga kabalaka.

Niadtong Pebrero 14, 2012, gitukod ni Arsobispo Palma ang Archdiocesan Discernment Group (ADG) nga gikomposar sa kaparian, relihiyoso, mga seminarista ug layko aron sa pagtabang kaniya sa pagtubag sa singgit sa pakitabang gikan sa mga napadaplin sa katilingban sama sa mga kabos nga taga-dakbayan, mananagat, mag-uuma, mamumuo ug uban pa.

Dul-an sa 3 ka dekada ang milabay, si Fr. Rudy nagkapit-bisig uban sa mga kabos aron sa pagbabag sa demolisyon didto sa Barangay Luz; ug pagkakaron, atong masaksihan ang mga tawong simbahan sa Sugbo nga nag-ampo ug namalandong uban sa tanang apektadong sector aron sa pagpangita og maki-tawhanong kasulbaran sa suliran sa kapuy-an sa labaw 30 ka bubong sa Sitio Lubi, Nangka ug Mabuhay sa Barangay Luz, Cebu City.

Si Fr. Rudy nitabang pag-organisa sa mga mag-uuma ug mananagat; ug pagkakaron, ang kaparian, kamadrehan ug layko nakig-uban sa tanang sektor alang sa pagtubag sa isyu sa Cordova Reclamation Project nga naka-apekto sa panginabuhi sa mga mananagat.

Si Fr. Rudy nikuyog sa mga mamumuo alang sa pagtukod og tinud-anay nga mga unyon sa pamuo; ug usa ka tuig ang milabay, nasaksihan nato ang madasigong pagsalmot sa mga Sugboanong tawong simbahan sa kumperensya nga nagduso sa “pagbawi sa dignidad sa tawhanong pamuo.”

Dili kawang ang sakripisyo ni Fr. Rudy. Matod pa sa martir nga si Arsobispo Oscar Romero, ang mga propeta “nagtanom sa mga liso, nga sa umaabot, motubo…”

Pagkakaron, atong makaplagan ang nawala nga si Fr. Rudy, diha sa katawhan sa Dios nga hiniusang naglihok ug nagsakripisyo aron ang Gingharian sa Dios nga puno sa gugma, hustisya ug kalinaw moabot dinhi sa yuta.

In Christ the Redeemer,

Fr. Cris Mostajo, CSsR
TFUC-AMRSP Cebu Chair
Tel. No. 412-6903/ Email: tfuccebu@yahoo.com

 

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