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Unformatted text preview: Execution of GOMBURZA On February 17, 1872, Filipino clergy Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos and Jacinto Zamora (also known as GOMBURZA) were executed at Bagumbayan through garrote or strangulation. The Spanish Colonial Government tried them by a court-martial and were sentenced to die. They were convicted of treason and sedition and for “supporting” the Cavite mutiny. The Archbishop of Manila refused to defrock them, and ordered the bells of every church to toll in honor of their deaths; the Sword, in this instance, denied the moral justification of the Cross.Their execution had a profound effect on many, including the youth, who would go on to form or be part of nationalist movements. GOMBURZA incurred the hatred of Spanish authorities for fighting for equal rights among priest and leading the campaign against the Spanish friars. to the conflict of religious and church seculars. The death of GOMBURZA leads to the power of the church over the state. It opens the eyes of every Filipinos that the church has the power to make a significant change. The Catholic Church was no exception; in some cases, the Church was even the deciding factor. In early colonial Philippines, land was distributed among church orders like the Jesuits or the Dominicans for them to use as they saw fit. This gave the Church sweeping power in the colonial government. It also gave them control over the regular Filipino. They show a true spirit of a hero accepting their death even if they are innocents. Thry are brave enough to sacrifice their own lives to awaken the spirit of every Filipinos. We musta always fight for our rights and also for our own country. B ut the cause they did die for managed to change our history and create a Filipino identity as we understand it today. Finally, the death of GOMBURZA awakened strong feelings of anger and resentment among the Filipinos. The death of the progressive priests Gomez, Burgos and Zamora was necessary in the build-up towards the revolution. The death of innocents is also a consistent theme in the history of the world that helped empower people and fuel the greatest minds to think and pursue changes in the way we do things. The death of the GOMBURZA serves as an inspiration to the Filipinos that we must always do good for our country. Sacrificing your life for the sake of safety of other people is just priceless. As a youth of this generation the spirit of heroism of GOMBURZA always in my mind and heart. It serves as my guide to always do good especially to others. You can also be a hero in your own little ways, just always remember to put God as the center of your life and everything will follow. ...
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