DOI link for “El Filibusterismo”
“El Filibusterismo” book
In the Philippines of Jose Rizal's day it denoted a person opposed to the existing regime, an insurgent, whether advocating peaceful or violent means of separation from Spain. "El Filibusterismo" means a movement for Philippine independence. As before, Rizal uses with, photographic accuracy the materials of Philippine life that had passed under his own observation. Even by their own charter the friars cannot own land. The judges know that this is so, but one of their number loses his place for giving a decision in favor of a native; the rest have no desire to share his fate and so to go back to Spain humiliated as well as impoverished. Feeling his eyes moisten, he withdrew his hand from that of the sick man, arose, and went to the window to gaze out upon the wide surface of the sea. He was drawn from his meditation by gentle raps at the door.