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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 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 which analyzed current events. He 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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39 news items

Philippine Star
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:56:15 -0700

Tomorrow is the birth anniversary of Philippine STAR Publisher and founder of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the late Sir Max V. Soliven. He would have been 86 years old tomorrow. I recall that on Sept. 2, 2005, that's exactly 10 years and a day ago ...
Philippine Star
Sun, 09 Aug 2015 09:07:30 -0700

When then President Cory Aquino filed a libel case against my late father Louie Beltran I heard, read, and saw how good people try to save friendships while bad people don't care for anything except their agenda and how to benefit from other people's ...
Philippine Star
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:56:15 -0700

The founders of the paper are icons to be forever remembered by freedom-loving readers: Betty Go-Belmonte, Max V. Soliven, Louie Beltran and Art Borjal. And the present managers are committed to carry on the tradition of truth-telling their forebears ...

The Manila Times

The Manila Times
Sat, 20 Jun 2015 05:27:39 -0700

More importantly, he has also mentored and initiated the careers of numerous other media professionals, including such big shots as the late Louie Beltran who actually worked as his messenger when the famous investigative journalist was a teenager.


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 ...
Philippine Star
Sun, 02 Nov 2014 07:56:15 -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 ...
Valley Sun
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:48:29 -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, ...

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