1989 in the Philippines

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1989 in the Philippines details events of note that happened in the Philippines in the year 1989.



  • January 5Camp Cawa-Cawa siege in which Camp Cawa-Cawa in Zamboanga City was seized by rouge policeman Rizal Alih and his mutinous men. The siege of the police headquarters building ended in a firefight and an airstrike which killed several people including Gen. Eduardo Batalla and Col. Romeo Abendan of the Philippine Constabulary. Alih was arrested in Malaysia by a manhunt operation in 2009.[1]
  • March 31 – The famous alleged Marian apparition in the town of Agoo, La Union to Judiel Nieva, a teenager who later become a transgender took place. It was said that the Blessed Virgin appeared on a guava tree, delivering messages and prophecies to Judiel. It became a highly sensational event for many Filipino Catholics as millions of pilgrims came to Agoo to see the phenomena like the "sun dancing", a statue of the Virgin Mary crying tears of blood, etc. The events in Agoo drawn attention to the Philippine Church hierarchy even to Rome, who conducted a thorough investigation on the events. In the year 1993, the events of Agoo apparitions are declared "non constat de supernaturalitate" (condemned) by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and the judgment of the late Bishop Salvador L. Lazo of San Fernando diocese who was the Ordinary of the said diocese during the phenomena.
  • March 28Elections were held in the country's 42,000 barangays.
  • July 17DZBB established as the first AM radio station and was known as "Bisig Bayan".[2][not in citation given]
  • August 1Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao region was first created through Republic Act No. 6734 (the Organic Act).
  • August 1315 – A hostage crisis at the Davao Metropolitan District Command Center (Davao Metrodiscom) occurred, perpetrated by the group of inmates led by Felipe Pugoy and Mohammad Nazir Samparani which resulted to the death of 5 hostages and all 16 inmates.
  • September 20Lea Salonga begins her performance in Miss Saigon musical in London for leading role as Kim.
  • September 28 – Former President Ferdinand Marcos dies in an inter-organ failure at his hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • December 19 – A coup d'etat against the government of Philippine President Corazon Aquino was staged by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines belonging to the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) and soldiers loyal to former President Ferdinand Marcos led by Colonel Gregorio Honasan, General Edgardo Abenina, and retired General Jose Ma. Zumel.[3]





  1. ^ "Cawa-cawa siege remembered almost 20 years after". ABS CBN News. January 8, 2009. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  2. ^ Super Radyo DZBB maintains lead in Mega Manila ratings
  3. ^ Davide Commission Report, p. 222
  4. ^ "Martin Nievera, Cristine Reyes celebrate birthdays". 2010-02-25. Retrieved 2012-03-02.