NMT Chapter 46: The Comment (See other Noli Me Tangere Chapter Summaries)
News about what Ibarra did to Padre Damaso quickly spreads. Some people said that Padre Damaso was already dead. Others gossiped that Padre Damaso figured in a fistfight with a Spanish mestizo, one of two who were from Manila. Yet others, like Don Felipo, were praising Ibarra. On the other hand, the town captain was criticizing Ibarra for his lack of self-control. Some mothers were crying at the thought that Ibarra's soul was destined to go straight to hell. Other women, like Capitana Maria, praised Ibarra. And yet others were certain that Ibarra was going to be excommunicated and also branded as a filibuster (filibustero).