The worst violation you can do to a murdered man is to murder his memory in the minds of those he died for.

And that's just what they did to Jose Rizal beginning right after his martyrdom on December 30, 1896, by announcing the supposed retraction of his anti-Catholic ideas. The announcement was published in Madrid the following day without proof, only saying that the "document" of his retraction was given to Archbishop Bernardino Nozaleda of Manila for his keeping. That "document' only surfaced for public viewing on May 13, 1935. A veritable forgery, says Peter Jaynul Uckung of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

It's been 115 years and the bigger tragedy is that some Filipinos still choose to believe the people whose very hands are stained with Rizal's blood.
For more on the supposed retraction, read this.   
For a blow by blow tweet of his martyrdom follow tweetnirizal 

For your delectation, here's one of Rizal's telling lines in Mi Ultimo Adios..    
"I go where... faith does not kill." 
-Dr. Jose P. Rizal

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Joe Vizcarra is a Manila-based independent writer. With an A.B. degree in Communication Arts, his professional background includes writing for local TV news channels, a PR & marketing agency, and a national government agency.


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