The killing of some Tausug recruits in Corregidor, Bataan in March 1968 became known as the Jabidah Massacre. It is one of the important events in the history of contemporary Moro struggle for self-determination as it sparked the formation of the Moro National Liberation Front. Every year in March, the said incident is being commemorated by various Muslim and even non-Muslim groups in the country.
On March 17, 2017 at 2 PM, the Institute of Islamic Studies of the University of the Philippines in collaboration with the SANDUGO Movement of the Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Right to Self-Determination and the Moro-Christian People’s Alliance (MCPA) held a public forum at Bulwagang Salam, Romulo Hall. Dean Morados formally opened the forum with a remarks thanking those who participated and the partner organizers.
Though it was attended by small audience mostly students of UP Islamic Studies, the forum succeeded in highlighting the challenges of the continuing Bangsamoro Struggle for Self-Determination. The Lecturers, former Dean Prof. Julkipli Wadi tackled the story behind Jabidah and what happened next until the rise of the Moro National Liberation Front, and co-chairperson of SANDUGO Mr. Jerome Succor Aba discussed the historical message and challenges of the current struggle of the Moro people.
The small audience actively participated during the open forum. Former Tawi-Tawi governor Al-Tillah recounted his personal history at the height of Jabidah controversy in Manila. Some students of UP Islamic studies having realized the complexity of current moro struggle realized the need for the Moro groups to unite asked for a mechanism of achieving unity.
The forum ended with a closing remark by the UP MSA Chairperson Mr. Ben Balt followed by the song presentation of SANDUGO members.