On March 18, 1968, a special military unit that included hundreds of Muslim Filipinos from Southern Mindanao were killed in Corregidor. In 1971, the officers in question were acquitted of all crimes. What has come to be known as the Jabidah Massacre was one of the sparks of a Muslim secessionist movement that has lasted for decades and has claimed the lives of more than a hundred thousand.
Forty-five years later, on the anniversary of the massacre, President Benigno S. Aquino III led a ceremony in the Mindanao Garden of Peace in Corregidor Island in remembrance of the tragedy. This is the first time that a Philippine President has openly acknowledged the incident.
In line with the President’s message, the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office, in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, is publishing three timelines that trace the events surrounding the Jabidah Massacre, and the peace processes between the Philippine Government and the Moro National Liberation Front, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.