(1868 - 1929)
Physician, Propagandist, Labor Leader and Legislator
medical student in
An essayist and a brilliant orator, he supported the movement with both his pen and his tongue. He wrote under the pseudonym, “Ramiro Franco”, for its organ, La Solidaridad. He helped finance the publication of this periodical from 1889 to 1895.
his return to the
Ever loyal to his racial heritage and patriotic spirit, Gomez attempted with Pedro A. Paterno and Pascual H. Poblete to organized in 1900 and again in 1901, the Nacionalista Party, Which was in favor of securing outright independence for the Philippines, rather than autonomy or annexation to the United States, the stand of the opposing party. In later years, however, he identified himself with the Federo-Tercerista group, also known as the Democratic Progresistas, in the opposition to the powerful Nacionalistas.
Gomez’s controversial involvement in politics started with his election to the Philippines Assembly, from which he was later ejected. He blamed his expulsion on both Speaker Osmena and Assembly Manuel L. Quezon, whom he accused of having “availed themselves of all means and opportunities against him for fear that he might take hold of the gavel and with it the speakership”.
Quezon were bitter political foes. They even had a date to fight a duel
sometime in 1915, but close friend of two protagonists prevailed upon them to
desist from it. Their mutual hatred stemmed from Quezon’s allegations against
Gomez’s character which were aired on the floor of the US Senate, when Quezon
was the resident commissioner of the
1916, Gomez became president of the municipal board of
He died in 1929.