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Former Philippine Jesuit provincial superior dies at 74

Father Romeo Intengan was put in prison in 1978 for leading a protest march against fraudulent elections

Former Philippine Jesuit provincial superior dies at 74

Father Romeo Intengan, former provincial superior of the Society of Jesus in the Philippines. (Photo courtesy of the Religious of the Virgin Mary)

October 10, 2017

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Father Romeo Intengan, former provincial superior of the Society of Jesus in the Philippines, died on Oct. 10, a week before his 75th birthday on Oct. 18.

The Philippine Province of the Jesuits announced that Intengan suffered cardiac arrest while being brought to a hospital.

"We mourn the death this morning of former Jesuit Provincial Father Romeo "Archie" Intengan, S.J. RIP," wrote Jesuit priest Joel Tabora in his Twitter account.

Father Intengan joined the Jesuits in 1970, and was ordained a priest in 1977. He served as provincial superior in Manila from 1998 to 2004.

The late Jesuit became a prominent political figure during the years of the Marcos dictatorship after he co-founded the Philippine Democratic Socialist Party in 1973.

He was put in prison in 1978 for leading a protest march against fraudulent elections. He fled the country two years later using false papers.

Former dictator Ferdinand Marcos accused Father Intengan of masterminding a wave of bombings in hotels, supermarkets and other public places.

The priest denied the allegations.

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