Ricardo Carnicero

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Don Ricardo Carnicero was the politico-military Governor of Dapitan (1892-1893) during the time when Jose P. Rizal started his life as an exile. The Captain served as Rizal's warden but eventually became his friend. As evidence of his their friendship, Rizal wrote a poem, "A Don Ricardo Carnicero," on 26 August 1892, on the occasion of the Captain's birthday.

Carnicero was fascinated with Rizal's fine qualities and personality. They ate together at the same table and had many friendly conversations. He gave good reports on his prisoner to Governor-General Eulogio Despujol. He gave him complete freedom to go anywhere, reporting only once a week at his office, and permitted Rizal to ride his chestnut horse. On 21 September 1892, Captain Carnicero, Dr. Rizal and Francisco Equilor (Spanish resident of Dipolog) won the second prize of P20,000 in the government-owned Manila Lottery.

After staying in Dapitan for four years, Carnicero left on 31 July 1896 to accompany Jose Rizal when the latter was brought back to Manila.


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