The history of the Philippines was completely immersed in violent situations. Countless assassination attempts occurred between the span of 15 years from 1860-1875. These targets ranged from political leaders such as Congressman Crisologo to the First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos. Philippine congressman Crisologo was a World War 2 veteran who worked as a congressman for the conformation of the Tobacco Law and the establishment of the social security system. His wife also served in a political position as former governor Ilocos Sur and his son Vincent is a congressman in Quezon City. On October 18, 1970, an assassination took place at the Vigan Cathedral when lone gunman shot him directly in the head. The assassin was able to get away amidst the commotion of people hearing the gun shot. To this day, the mystery was never solved and to preserve the memory of the events that took place on that day, the Crisologo family turned their own estate into a museum for others to learn about. This museum contained memorabilia that were particularly linked with the assassination. Another assassination that drew heavy media was the assassination of Benigno Aquino. After surviving a heart-bypass surgery, he was killed on his return trip to the Philippines in 1983. But not all assassination attempts were out for blood. Some “hit lists” were designed to justify public agendas.
Juan Ponce Enrile was the Secretary of National Defense at the time of his fraudulent assassination attempt. On September 21, 1972, the assassination was created to justify the reason behind declaring Martial Law. Years later, Enrile would admit to the fraud and turn his back on Marcos to be a co-leader in a citizen revolt known as the People Power Movement. The reason behind this was probably on the instinct of survival because he could clearly see what aligning himself with Marcos would do to his life.
Finally we have the First Lady Imelda Marcos herself. On December 7, 1972, an attempted murder took place live during an award ceremony broadcasted live on the television. The assailant, Carlito Dimahilig attempted to stab Imelda with a bolo knife. Many believed that this was staged because the facts just don’t add up. How would the assailant fail at stabbing Imelda? The probability of the assassin missing his unexpected target was very slim. Also, the assassination seemed to have happened in the same year as the declaration of Martial Law which further implicates the issue of the assassination being staged. Imelda Marcos was a very gallant and shallow leader. Her survival of the assassination allowed her to improve the physical outlook of the Philippines but internally, things were pretty much the same. -BQ