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Ka Louie Beltran
Born Luis Diaz Beltran
(1936-04-04)April 4, 1936
Manila, Philippines
Died September 6, 1994(1994-09-06) (aged 58)
Manila, Philippines
Cause of death
Heart attack
Nationality Filipino
Occupation Journalist, columnist
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spouse(s) Maria Antonia Salcedo Beltran

Luis "Ka Louie" Diaz Beltran (April 4, 1936 – September 6, 1994) was a Philippine broadcast journalist and newspaper columnist.

Early life[edit]

Born Luis Diaz-Beltran on April 4, 1936 in Manila, he was known for his outspokenness. During Martial Law, when he was on the staff of the Evening News, he was one of the many journalists arrested and detained at Camp Crame. After his three months of imprisonment, being bankrupt he bred fighting cocks, calling the champion breed he developed Newshawk. He commented on current issues on radio and hosted Straight from the Shoulder, a television show in which current events were analyzed and was the original host of the television show Brigada Siete. He was the first editor-in-chief of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He also worked on other newspapers, including the Philippine Star.

After President Ferdinand E. Marcos was overthrown by the EDSA Revolution, Beltran became the editor-in-chief of a new newspaper, the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The pre-martial law show he hosted, Straight from the Shoulder, was revived on GMA 7. He moved from newspaper to newspaper, ending up as a columnist for the STAR. It was then that he became notorious for mentioning in a column about the 1987 coup attempt that then President Corazon Aquino had been hiding under the bed during the coup. For this statement he was sued by the President for libel. Aquino went so far as to show journalists that she could not fit under her bed. Beltran, who openly expressed his belief that the President was lacking in competence, countered that his words were not meant to be taken literally, but Aquino still pursued the case against him and the STAR’s editor-in-chief Max Soliven. On 22 October 1992, the court ruled in Aquino’s favor, sentencing the columnist and his editor to 2 years of imprisonment and ordering them to pay 2 million pesos in moral damages.

Personal life[edit]

His son, Cito Beltran, is also a TV personality and a columnist.


TV shows[edit]

  • Straight From The Shoulder (1987–1994)
  • Brigada Siete (1993–1994)

Radio Shows[edit]

  • Straight From the Shoulder (1980s, DZRH)


The case was thrown out of court by the Court of Appeals nearly 3 years after Beltran died of a heart attack on September 6, 1994. He was 58.

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Filipino Reporter
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:07:30 -0800

Doroy Valencia, Blas Ople, Adrian Cristobal, Louie Beltran, to name a few. It's difficult enough to start a new life in a new land but he also had the audacity to start a weekly newspaper in New York, of all places! That pioneering spirit spread across ...


Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:07:30 -0800

I'm not referring to Peping Cojuangco, but during President Cory's administration a Chinese-Filipino tycoon was a victim of extortion by some of Cory's relatives on both sides whom the late columnist Louie Beltran referred to as “Kamaganak Inc.” The ...

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Philippine Headline News
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:00:00 -0800

She also told then Inquirer editor in chief, Louie Beltran, about the call, which led to the newspaper being in the midst of the Filipino people's unfolding big story which was developing so fast that the Inquirer had to publish three Extra editions ...
Philippine Star
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:56:15 -0700

Inquiring as to what that involved, she then informed me that I or we the family of the late Professor Louie Beltran could have the option to retain the family name on the wall of the typing room for the small sum of P1 million which would be spread ...
Valley Sun
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:37:30 -0700

This past week our hills (the San Gabriel Mountains) have been alive with music. It has been a beautiful musicscape, I might add. Last Thursday, jazz artist Louie Beltran had the crowd clapping, singing and dancing at Descanso Gardens' Music on the ...
Philippine Star
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:41:15 -0700

They say he died in search of heroes, hoping against hope that his nation that was always an underdog and at the mercy of politicians, profiteers and vested interest would somehow, along the way, produce a handful of heroes who would carry the fight, ...
Philippine Star
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:09:09 -0700

It was at the Marco Polo Hotel in Kowloon where my father Louie Beltran arranged for all us, his kids, to stay for what turned out to be the last and final bonding time he would do with all of us together. There was no drama, no speeches, just a ...


Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:11:11 -0700

The days revolved around Journalism 101 classes with the late great Louie Beltran (with his much-anticipated and much-feared order, “To the board!†at the start of every class); sessions learning about Philippine history and society and hanging out ...

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