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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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59 news items

Philippine Star
Tue, 22 Dec 2015 07:56:15 -0800

When Martial Law was declared and my Dad, Louie Beltran could not work as a journalist or close to anything else except selling fighting cocks and Dobermans for four years, even our Christmas tree became a representation of our economic status or lack ...
Philippine Star
Sun, 09 Aug 2015 09:14:05 -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 ...


Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:53:11 -0800

When I came to the Inquirer in 1987, she was not yet the editor in chief; it was Louie Beltran who took me in. There was a changing of the guard—from Louie to Dick Pascual—before Letty took over the helm of the “fightingest” newspaper in the country ...
Philippine Star
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:56:21 -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 ...
Philippine Star
Wed, 09 Sep 2015 09:07:30 -0700

Death anniversaries are bittersweet times. Bitter, because the absence of a beloved is once more felt. But, it is also sweet because one feels nostalgic about the love and devotion of my 28-year-old husband Max who followed his father's admonition to ...
Philippine Star
Tue, 20 Oct 2015 09:09:11 -0700

Back during the Marcos time, a very patriotic but unemployed journalist found out that the rice being imported and sold to the government had a “patong” or add-on amount of P20 to every sack. The ex-journalist was so upset with the obvious kickback ...
Philippine Star
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:06:41 -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 ...
The Standard
Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:05:56 -0800

My gulay, believe it or not, even those who were arrested and detained at Camp Crame Hilton and amnestied later started joining us, like Max Soliven, Louie Beltran, Blas Ople, Adrian Cristobal and Art Borjal were there, and so was Marcos press ...

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