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.

Our Credo


  • 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

Board of Trustees

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

Contact details

Lydio J. Mangao
Brgy. Oringao
Kabankalan City
Negros Occidental
6110 Philippines

Cell No. 0929-5728046
Tel: (63) 034 7446880
Email: [email protected]
webpage: www.negrosnine.com

You can make a difference

You can help the Negros Nine in so many ways

  1. On Anti-Human Trafficking – report any suspicious activities that may lead to human trafficking. Call or text 09228939613 or 09092293497. All calls are confidential.
  2. On Negros Nine Feeding Program, you can do the following:
    1. You may donate cash, food or goods
    2. Share your talents on cooking and inspiring children, you will be amazed, you will be inspired, too.
  3. On reforestation:
    1. Do tree planting activities with your group
    2. Impart your talents or skills relating to protecting and caring for the environment. Be the speaker or manpower of the day at Negros Nine.
    3. Donate seeds and seedlings
  4. On Negros Nine Weavers – you can help by promoting the products or you can be a resource speaker or trainer on topics such as livelihood, agriculture, etc.
  5. Help any of our project by Donating through Paypal