Jibin Arula, in the blue shirt, looking over the cliff where he jumped for his life

In 2008 my husband and I were part of a contingent that accompanied one of the people that figured in an infamous historical event in the Philippines. Jibin Arula, then the last remaining survivor of the Jabidah Massacre of 1968, went back to Corregidor for the first time. It was by the invitation of then Congressman Mujiv Hataman of the Anak Mindanao Party list, who had initiated the construction of a Peace Garden commemorating the ill-fated Jabidah Unit.

A few days ago I learned that Jibin Arula passed away during the Holy Month of Ramadhan. The man who brought his story out into the open, Sen. Benigno Aquino is dead. President Ferdinand Marcos, under whose regime Operation Merdeka was conceived is also dead.

Will the dead bury the dead?

Farewell, Jibin Arula

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2 thoughts on “Farewell, Jibin Arula

  1. Hi, I am truly struck by what you said here that Jibin Arula is now dead. I wonder why no newspaper carried the sad news. Last April, he had an interview with ABS-CBN’s Ces Drilon for “I Survive” and he looked very healthy there. We’re doing research on Jabidah and we’ve been tracking him down for an interview. If what you said here is correct, then we can no longer talk to him:-( Thanks…

  2. Hello Rommel,

    Sadly, yes, Jibin Arula is dead. I heard the news from Sitti Djalia Turabin Hataman, wife of former Party List Congressman Mujiv Hataman, that Jibin Arula passed away last Ramadhan. Congressman Hataman and his wife spearheaded the construction of a Peace Garden in Corregidor marking the spot where Jibin Arula leaped to save his life during the infamous Jabidah Massacre.

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