Behind Jabidah: warlord vs warlord
The Manila Times, March 22, 2013
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The allegations that Muslim youths were massacred in 1968 in Corregidor in a plan gone awry to take Sabah from Malaysia, as I explained last Wednesday, effectively buried our county’s claim to that territory.
Then Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. in his speech on the controversy March 28, 1968 claimed the Malaysians had a hand in creating conditions for what was hyped in media as “the Jabidah Massacre. ”
But behind the controversy was, as Filipinos term it, “pulitika”, politics in its most pejorative sense. “Jabidah” was a propaganda weapon in the political war between two warlords for the control of Cavite in the 1971 elections as well as for the Philippine presidency.
How exactly did the allegations of a “Jabidah massacre” break out? (more…)