Negros Nine Abaca Weavers to Join 10-day Exhibit

Negros Nine Human Development Foundation has recently received an invitation from SM City Bacolod through their PR Manager, May V. Castro.  The invitation states that the “Negros Nine Abaca Weavers” has been selected as one of the participants to take part on special promotional campaign of Negros Occidental’s best products.

Father Brian Gore of Negros Nine being interviewed by May Castro, PR Manager of SM Bacolod

This SM Bacolod special project is dubbed as “My City, My SM, My Crafts”. And this is in partnership with The Department of Trade and Industry, CITEM, Bureau of Domestic Trade and the Philippine Star.

‘Negros 9’: Work for poor continues

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL—Collectively, they were called the “Negros Nine”—three missionary priests and six lay leaders who were wrongly accused of killing a municipal mayor and his companions in Negros Occidental province in the twilight of the Marcos dictatorship in the ’80s.

“Negros Nine”: Fr. Brian Gore (seated, from left), Fr. Vicente Dangan and Fr. Niall O’Brien with the six lay leaders were detained at the Negros Occidental provincial jail on trumped-up charges in 1983.

Their ordeal gained international attention as the priests from the Missionary Society of St. Columban, who included an Australian and an Irish, and the rest of the group were imprisoned in 1983 on multiple murder charges. They were released 14 months later.

‘Negros Nine’ survivors mark 30th year of freedom

July 5, 2014

The Negros Nine, composed of three priests and six lay leaders, were jailed in the waning years of the Marcos dictatorship for what they called trumped-up charges for the murder of a town mayor and became the subject of international attention.

Members of Negros Nine (standing, left to right) Jesus Arzaga, Mrs. Nomy Muhal representing her late husband Condrado Muhal, Mrs. Jean Perez wife of late Geronimo Perez, Lydio Mangao, Peter Cuales and (sitting) Fr. Brian Gore at New Government Center for the facilitation of the application for the reparation and reconciliation of the victims of human rights violations during Marcos regime on July 3, 2014.