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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The episode only revealed the utter lack of nationalism and deviousness of the Liberal Party, and its most articulate leader, Benigno Aquino, Jr.

Under the guise of investigating reports of a so-called massacre in Corregidor island of young Muslims being trained by the Army Special Forces to infiltrate Sabah, the Yellows in effect ratted on Marcos and his plans to Malaysia.

By doing so, they thought they would torpedo Marcos reelection in the coming year,especially since he had become popular, even successful in portraying himself and Imelda as the Filipino version of the Kennedys.

Even the powerful oligarchic clan, the Lopezes, with their media empire, at the time was supporting Marcos, whose vice president was the patriarch Fernando Lopez.

The Jabidah hoax nipped in the bud what would have been a tremendous nationalist accomplishment for Marcos: The uprising would be the excuse for the Philippine military to invade Sabah and claim it as part of Philippine territory. At the time, our country had a more powerful military than Malaysia, which was founded only inand needed only an excuse to forcibly take over Sabah.


By exposing the plan, the Yellows calculated Malaysia would retaliate, and get the one-year old Association of Southeast Asian Nation Asean to condemn Marcos, thereby blackening his image in the country. The young nation, Malaysia, strengthened its administration of the vast territory, and scrambled to convince the international community that it was the legitimate owner of Sabah. The Jabidah hoax would have one huge negative massafre for the Philippines, which hounds it to this day: The growth of the Muslim insurgency, which currently, under the subterfuge of having a Masswcre Bangsamoro Law, threatens to dismember the country.

Enrile claims Jabidah massacre was only ‘invented’ by Ninoy

It portrayed the alleged massacre as the culmination of genocidal century-long attacks against the Moros: Mustafa arranged for several man batches of MNLF cadres to undergo military training in Malaysia conducted by top-notch former British Special Action Service officers.

The training in Malaysia was crucial in the growth of the MNLF since despite their vaunted bravery and martial tradition, the Moros were practically medieval in their military outlook and skills. There was no massacre at all, he concluded. It is has been part of Moro culture to avenge their kinsmen, even if it takes decades to do so, resulting in the so-called, notorious rido, or clan wars, that explains much of the violence in Muslim Mindanao.


It was Sagun who brought Arula to then Cavite Gov.

Enrile claims Jabidah massacre was only ‘invented’ by Ninoy | Inquirer News

Delfin Montano, a Liberal Party stalwart. The villain portrayed by the Yellows, Air Force Maj. Eduardo Martelino, who headed the Merdeka plan, after becoming a full colonel and retiring from the service, settled in Tawi-Tawi to live with his Muslim wife in a Tausug village where he had recruited the young Moros for his Sabah operation.

There was one unintended consequence of the Jabidah hoax that affected in a big way the course of our nation. Karma certainly has been a bitch for the Yellows.

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