Jurist and Moral Critic
“We have been like a man who sports about in a limousine when all he really can afford is a carromata.”
This stinging remark made in the late 1930’s, yet still appropriate for the present, may well be what Simplicio del Rosario will be best remembered by.
After graduating from UST, he practiced
law in Bulacan for a short time. Entering the government service, he served as
acting fiscal and registers of deeds of
In 1910, he was appointed judge of the fifth judicial district, comprising the provinces of Rizal and Bulacan. The following year, he was transferred to the Manila Court of First Instance, serving there until his retirement in 1931.
Judge Del Rosario was intensely patriotic. He was a man of his convictions and was quite outspoken. Labeled as a miser for his refusal to contribute to the independence fund, he defended his refusal by saying, “The milk of human kindness flows freely from the heart, not forced.” He showed his generosity in the case of a young girl who left home because her mother refused to give her money to see a movie; just so the girl would go home and be reconciled with her mother, he gave her money himself.
Del Rosario was known to be a moral crusader, especially against obscene motion pictures and suggestive vaudeville. His crusading spirit extended against corruption in the government. He denounced lavish fiesta celebrations and public dancing as responsible for retarding progress, and wrote of the many failing of Filipinos, particularly what would later be known as “colonial mentality.”
“We should gain much if we could
inculcate a strong and profound love of country in the minds of our young
people from their tenderest years.” He once wrote, “Then there could not arise the case of our young men, who, upon returning from
Del Rosario was married to Mrs. Juana V. del Rosario. They had seven children, Teresa, Carmen, Dolores, Jose, Paz, Manuel and Luis.
His death is unrecorded
Mayrene Louise U. Baylon