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Church, activists remember priest
Father Rudy Romano is the 'face of all who vanished during and after dictatorship'Families of missing people light candles for their loved ones (photo: Desaparecidos)
- ucanews.com reporters, Manila
- July 13, 2011
Today, rights activists lit candles and offered flowers outside the Redemptorist church in Manila to remember the priest who disappeared during the dictatorship of former president Ferdinand Marcos.
âTo this day, the military has not given a satisfactory explanation for what happened to Father Rudy,â said the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in a statement.
Military agents are suspected of having abducted Father Romano on July 11, 1985.
Father Romano was a popular anti-Marcos activist who served as vice-chairman of the New Patriotic Alliance in the Visayas region. He was also executive secretary of the Visayas Ecumenical Movement for Justice and Peace and head of the âOust Marcos Movement for the Advancement of Nationalism and Democracyâ in Cebu.
Redemptorist Brother Karl Gaspar said the commitment of Father Romano to fight for the poor and the oppressed was unquestionable.
âI could not help but be amazed at how deep his commitment was,â Brother Gaspar said.
Rights groups also paid tribute to the missing priest.
âFather Rudy gives a face to the faceless 1,791 âdesaparecidosâ (people who have disappeared and are presumed killed by the military or police) documented since the Marcos dictatorship,â said human rights groups Task Force Detainees of the Philippines and Friends and Families of the Disappeared in a statement.
âHis disappearance reminds us that the path to achieving social transformation is not only a lonely one but one that treads along the line of fire,â they added.
They also criticized what they called âthe continuing phenomenon of making people disappearâ in the Philippines.
âThe human rights situation in our country remains our concern,â they said.