The friars’ side in La Solidaridad?

Were a right of reply in place in Spain from 1888 to the 1895, half of the space in “La Solidaridad” would have been devoted to pieces enumerating the blessings showered on these islands by Spanish colonial rule and extolling the friars for standing as bulwarks against the spread of heretical and seditious ideas championed by the likes of Jose Rizal, Marcelo del Pilar and Graciano Lopez Jaena.

Let us give a sample of the staple of advocacies that Soli carried in its every issue: representation in the Cortes; curbing of the abuses of the friars; full extension of the coverage of the Spanish civil and penal codes to the Indios; expansion of public education; and some measure of self-rule.

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