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Who is Nelly Sindayen?

Nelly Sindayen (April 7, 1949 – April 4, 2009) was a journalist. She was best known for her longtime association with Time magazine as a correspondent based in Manila.

What is her connection to Sulu? She was born in Siasi, Sulu to a Christian father and a Muslim mother.

She earned her journalism degree from University of Santo Tomas. She worked for the Manila Bulletin and various news agencies before joining Time magazine in the mid-1970s.She remained with Time until 2007, when illness disabled her from returning to work.

While at Time, Sindayen scored a notable scoop in 1983 concerning the supposed kidnapping of Tommy Manotoc, future son-in-law of President Ferdinand Marcos. Sindayen reported for Time that Manotoc had in fact gone to the Dominican Republic to obtain a quick divorce, then headed to the United States to secretly marry Marcos’s eldest daughter, Imee.

She is also reported on the controversies that hounded President Joseph Estrada, and narrated an eye-witness account on an aborted coup plot against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in February 2006.

She suffered a severe diabetic stroke in June 2007 and died from lingering complications on April 4, 2009, three days before her 60th birthday.