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Jabidah Massacre: Its social, economic costs the nation is paying

In the last 3 months leading to the end of the Benigno Aquino III's administration, the Philippine government retraced the events that led to the Jabidah Massacre, which it considered as one of the causes of the decades-long rebellions in Mindanao.

On the 48th anniversary of the massacre last Friday, March 18, the government released a timeline detailing the events in a span of 58 years from 1913 to 1971 that led to the carnage and its social and economic costs that still haunt the nation.



The Jabidah were young Moro recruits from Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi who were secretly trained in different parts of the Philippines in the 1960s with the intent to reclaim Sabah from Malaysia.

The mission failed to push through, and dozens of the recruits were reportedly killed by their military handlers in what has become known as the Jabidah Massacre—or the Corregidor Massacre, as the atrocity was committed on the island on March 18, 1968. — LBG, GMA News