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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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41 news items

Philippine Star
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:45:53 -0700

No credits, no remembrance, no mention from the people who took up most of his time. That's what 20 years can do: Make you appreciate someone and make you discover who others really are all about. Thank You Louie Beltran for being my father, mentor, ...
Philippine Star
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:04:32 -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
Sun, 02 Nov 2014 07:58:07 -0800

When my father Louie Beltran was still alive in 1992, I remember him writing a blind item about a presidential candidate he had discovered to have sired an illegitimate offspring with a mistress. On the day the article came out my dad made it a point ...
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 ...

Visayan Daily Star

Visayan Daily Star
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 20:11:15 -0700

When Martial Law arresting officers roamed around Manila, picking up their targets, the most prominent among them were the late columnist Max Soliven, Manila Times publisher Chino Roses, Louie Beltran, Amando Doronila, who were kept in solitary ...


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 at ...


Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:11:15 -0700

La Viña said Aquino's mother, the late former President Corazon Aquino, had testified in her libel case against newspaper columnist Louie Beltran. “It was criticized then. If you can't be sued, then you should not sue,” he said. RELATED STORIES.

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