Activist priest during Marcos regime dies at 74

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 10 2017 11:29 PM | Updated as of Oct 11 2017 02:05 PM

MANILA - Jesuit priest Fr. Romeo Intengan, an activist during the regime of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., died on Tuesday, October 10. 

The Philippine Jesuits made the announcement through their official Facebook page. 

 

"Almighty God, we remember before you today your faithful servant; and we pray that, having opened to him the gates of larger life, you will receive him more and more into your joyful service," the announcement said.

In a text message to ABS-CBN News, the Philippine Jesuits said Intengan passed away at 6:30 a.m.

Intengan entered the Society of Jesus in 1970 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1977. He served as the Philippine Jesuits from 1998 to 2004. 

The priest also served as a doctor of medicine, having finished his medicine degree at the University of the Philippines in Manila. 

He also had a licentiate in Sacred Theology which he earned from the Commillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain. 

Aside from his religious order, Intengan was also a member of the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board, Philippine National Health Research System, and the Department of Science and Technology, according to his profile on Ateneo De Manila University's website. 

INCARCERATION AND EXILE

During the Marcos regime, Intengan, together with former National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales, founded the Philippine Democratic Socialist Party (PDSP). 

"Both would be thrown in jail in 1978 for leading a march protesting the fraudulent elections held in April that year," according to a report by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ).

Two years later, Intengan fled the country and settle in Sabah by way of Jolo. 

There he stayed in a camp which was run by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). For more than a year, her served as "physician in residence, chaplain, and political officer." 

Intengan's wake on Tuesday night at the Oratory of St. Ignatius, Loyola House of Studies (Ateneo de Manila University campus, Loyola Heights, Quezon City).

The funeral mass is scheduled on Saturday, October 14 at 8 a.m. Interment will be at the Sacred Heart Novitiate Jesuit Cemetery, right after the funeral mass.