The Jabidah massacre was fabricated by the late Senator Benigno Aquino to destabilize the administration of then President Ferdinand Marcos. For a change, this year I don’t want to look back on the Jabidah Massacre with morbidity, armed with an angry fist raised to the sky. I want to. It’s the 45th anniversary of what’s known as the “Jabidah massacre”, a previously under-acknowledged yet pivotal point in modern Philippine.

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In the Philippine presidential election ofthe Nacionalista candidate, Ferdinand E. Marcostriumphed over Diosdado Macapagal. Marcos dominated the political scene for the next two decades, first as an elected president in andand then after his proclamation of martial law, as a virtual dictator.

He had claimed to have served in the Battle of Bataan and later to have led a guerrilla unit, the Maharlikas. Like many other aspects of his life, Marcos’s war record came under scrutiny during the last years of his presidency.

Historically, the Bangsamoro masswcre had settled the geographical areas we now describe politically as Mindanao and Sabah. It is also a story of Oil. Following the eviction of the Japanese and the departure of the formal American influence, the Philippine government had re-established primacy over the Bangsamoro settled areas of Mindanao, BasilanSuluTawi-Tawi and Palawan islands on July 4, The basis of the Massaacre claim relied on the assertion of the heirs of the Sultan of Sulu the Kirams that the Sultan of Borneo had given Sabah to the Sultan of Sulu as a reward for helping quell a massscre in Borneo.

Suspicions abounded at that time that the Marcos Administration had wangled from the heirs of the Sultan of Sulu an agreement of sorts whereby Marcos would obtain part of resource-rich Sabah as ” contingent fee. Malaysia further argued that Sabah had become part of Malaysian territory when Masacre granted independence to the Federated States of Malaysia.

The alleged contract between de Overbeck and the Sultan of Sulu used, they argued, the word padjaka Malay term that could mean either ” lease ” or ” purchase. Marcos could not have chosen a more auspicious time to try and reclaim Sabah. Malaysia was only a fledgling state at that point, made even more wobbly by the mmassacre of Singapore intwo years after its independence from Britain.

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Too, Malaysia was embroiled in a border dispute with powerful Indonesia. And there was the Philippines’ Sabah claim to boot. It was all that Malaysia could do to prevent itself from coming apart at the seams. The codename for the destabilization plan was Operation Merdeka. The plan involved the recruitment of nearly Tausug and Jabidaah Muslims aged 18 to 30 from Sulu and Tawi-Tawi and their training in the island-town of Simunul in Tawi-Tawi. Simunul was where the first Arab missionary Makhdum built the first mosque in the Philippines in the 14th century.

The recruits felt giddy about the promise not only of a monthly allowance, but also over the prospect of eventually becoming a member of an elite unit in the Philippine Armed Forces. That meant, among other benefits, guns, which Muslims regard as very precious possessions.

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So from August to Decemberthe young recruits underwent training jwbidah Simunul. The name of the the commando unit: On December 30 that year, from to recruits boarded a Philippine Navy vessel for the island of Corregidor in Luzon for “specialized training. This second jabieah of the training turned mutinous when the recruits discovered their true mission. It struck the recruits that the plan would mean not only fighting their brother Muslims in Sabahbut also possibly killing their own Tausug and Sama relatives living there.

Additionally, the recruits had massafre begun to feel disgruntled over the non-payment of the promised P50 monthly allowance. The recruits then demanded to be returned home. For the Jabidah planners, it seemed that there was only one choice. They were taken to a nearby airstrip. There, the plotters mowed the trainees down with gunfire.

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Jibin Arulathe survivor, said that he heard a series of shots and saw his colleagues fall. He ran towards a mountain and rolled off jabiday edge on to the sea. He recalled clinging to a plank of wood and stayed afloat. By morning, fishers from nearby Cavite rescued him. The truth of the massacre took some time to emerge. Court-martial proceedings were brought against twenty-three military personnel involved.

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Remembering the ‘Jabidah massacre’

There was a firestorm in the Philippine press, attacking not so much the soldiers involved, but the culpability of a government administration that would ferment such a plot, and then seek to cover it up by wholesale murder. The matter even made its way to the Supreme Court inon a preliminary issue. Although the exact number of deaths still continues to vary depending upon the source of the reference, there is no denial of the fact that Corregidor was host to a massacre on that night.

Nonetheless, sufficient evidence was amassed in time to lay court-martial charges against twenty-three members of the Jabidah group, and in time honored Philippine tradition, matters descended into the thickets of the Philippine legal system until most everyone’s attention became focused elsewhere.

Whatever the figure, it is clear that the rich tapestry of Corregidor’s history did not cease to be woven simply when the United States returned it to the Republic of the Philippines. The Centre for Media Freedom and Responsibility. Moro National Liberation Front. L March 25, Jabidah Massacre Recalled – Blog, Calhoun Amid th’ Encircling Gloom Ft. Jones By Order of Maj. Kline Engineers’ Report – Corregidor.

Interview – Clevenger by List of Recent Articles. Join with us and share the d Heritage and values. So that the last man standing shall not stand alone. Corregidor has this tendency to surprise the student of its history, even now.

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