Saturday, January 19, 2013

Filipino Martyr: AGUSTIN C. MENDOZA

Priest Implicated in Cavite Mutiny
Fr. Agustin Mendoza y Casimiro was parish priest of the district of Santa Cruz in Manila.
A member of the Comite de Reformadores, he was an ardent supporter of the
secularization movement, which was vigorously pursued by Filipino priests who sought rights with
Spanish friars in administering parishes and being appointed to higher ecclesiastical offices.
Through his rich parish, he was able to send 7,000 pesos to Rafael Labra, a Cuban-born liberal and
delegate to the Spanish Cortes, for the establishment of a newspaper that would champion the
interests of the Filipino clergy. He was among the militant members of the local clergy who were
charged with complicity in the 1872 Cavite Mutiny. He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment
and exiled to the Marianas Island.

Boncan, Celestina P. Remembering the Cavite Mutiny of 1872 Manila: Geronimo Berenguer de
Los Reyes, Jr. Foundation, Inc., 1995 A booklet, 14 pages.
Corpuz, O.D. The Roots of the Filipino Nation Volume 2. Quezon City: AKLAHI Foundation, Inc.,
Zaide, Gregorio F. Documentary Sources of Philippine History Volume 7. Manila: National
Bookstore, Inc., 1990.

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