About Negros Nine
In 1983 three priests and six lay workers on Negros island were charged with multiple murder. Over the next 14 months of trial and imprisonment they become known worldwide as the Negros Nine.
These trumped-up charges were meant to stop the work of the Basic Christian Communities (BCC) in which the Nine had been among the forerunners in Negros. The goal of the BCC’s or the Kristiyanong Katilingban (KK) was the non-violent transformation of Negros society through total human development.
The Negros Nine has also became a voice for the poor, as encouraged a few years earlier by Pope John Paul II in Bacolod City in 1981 when he said “the church should not hesitate to be the voice of those who have no voice”.
The Negros Nine Human Development Foundation, Inc. was set up in the year of the Great Jubilee (2000) to continue the work of total human development started in the dark years of the Marcos dictatorship and in the memory of all those who suffered and died in the course of justice. Their struggle will not be in vain, they will not be forgotten.
While the Negros Nine Human Development Foundation Inc. is not a religious organization as such, nevertheless, its roots and values are grounded in the experience of poor people trying to live their lives according to the Christian Gospels.
- to promote the non-violent transformation of society through total and integral human development
* to help empower the poor in alleviating their poverty and to live with dignity
* to develop an understanding and love for the integrity of creation
* to continue the struggle of all those who have died in the quest for justice, peace and integrity of creation
* to form and strengthen Christian Communities (KKs), organic cooperatives and people’s organizations
* to promote sustainable agriculture through organic farming
* to help combat the effects of climate change through education and advocacy
* to assist the victims of human trafficking and those unjustly accused.
* to promote holistic community-based health programs.
Negros Nine Infos
Rev. Fr. Brian E. Gore
Rev. Fr. Ricon B. Dagunan
Atty. Francisco B. Cruz
Milagros C. Villavicencio
Lydio J. Mangao
Jesus S. Arzaga
Nomy T. Muhal
Lydio J. Mangao
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