Jacobo Amatong

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Jacobo Amatong
Member of Dipolog City Council
In office
1970 – 1984 (his death)
Personal details
Jacobo Sybico Amatong

(1936-10-11)October 11, 1936
Dipolog, Zamboanga (province)
DiedSeptember 24, 1984(1984-09-24) (aged 47)
Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte
Resting placeDipolog Catholic Cemetery
Spouse(s)Helen Cadavedo
ParentsAmando Borja Amatong
Felicidad Mabanag Sybico
RelativesProspero Amatong
Isagani S. Amatong
Juanita Amatong
EducationAndres Bonifacio College
  • Lawyer
  • newspaper publisher
  • politician

Jacobo S. Amatong (October 11, 1936 – September 24, 1984) was a Filipino lawyer, politician, and newspaper publisher from the province of Zamboanga del Norte.[1][2][3][4]

Life and career

Amatong was born on October 11, 1936 in Dipolog, Zamboanga (province) to Amando Borja Amatong and Felicidad Mabanag Sybico who were founders of Andres Bonifacio College, a well-regarded institution in the region.

He was married to Helen Cadavedo, a government accountant, and had two children together.

Amatong was serving as city councilor of Dipolog from 1970[5]. He worked as an activist in many civic and community organizations as a member of a militant group. Amatong founded the Mindanao Observer which he served as editor and publisher.[6][7]


The night of September 23, 1984, while walking on a street in Barangay Miputak, Amatong and his lawyer friend Zorro Aguilar were shot, leaving Aguilar dead and Amatong rushed to the hospital. While hospitalized, he died in the early morning of September 24.[8][9][10]


  • A street in Dipolog, from the corner of Quezon Avenue in Barangay Miputak to Dipolog Boulevard is named Amatong Street in his honor.
  • On November 30, 1992, Amatong, alongside Zorro Aguilar and the other 63 martial law victims, were honored and enshrined in the Wall of Remembrance in the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City, making up the first batch of martial law martyrs and heroes who were given honor for their respective contributions during the martial rule.


  1. "Ang Mamatay Nang Dahil Sa 'Yo page 24-25 - Flipbook by carlo.redroot (flipHTML5)".
  2. "Ang Mamatay Nang Dahil Sa 'Yo page 26-27 - Flipbook by carlo.redroot (flipHTML5)".
  3. La Viña, Tony (22 September 2015). "Lesser known, just as heroic". Manila Standard. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  4. "CHR honors victims of martial law". University of the Philippines. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  5. "POLITICAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY". Old website of the City of Dipolog. Archived from the original on 27 November 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  6. "When journalists were giants". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 18 July 2020. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  7. "Writers, journalists as freedom heroes". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  8. "AMATONG, Jacobo S." Bantayog ng mga Bayani. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  9. Orentlicher, Diane F. (May 1985). "Lawyers under siege (Index on Censorship)". SAGE Journals. doi:10.1080/03064228508533956. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  10. Borjal, Art A. (20 April 2001). "Dipolog remembers Joker - JAYWALKER by Art A. Borjal". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 6 November 2020.

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