Ri·zal(rĭ-zäl′, rē-säl′), José 1861-1896.
Philippine reformer and writer. Exiled (1892-1896) for his political novels, he was later arrested and executed for sedition. His death helped fuel an insurrection against Spanish rule (1896-1898).
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