Mission Failed: Imelda Marcos Assasination

December 7, 1972, assassin Carlito Dimahilig attempted to
kill former First Lady Imelda Marcos live on TV?

The shocking event happened during an open-air awarding
ceremony that was part of Imelda’s National Beautification and Cleanliness
contest. One of the recipients, Carlito Dimahilig, lined up to directly receive
the award from the First Lady. He was approximately 27 years old and 5’2″ in
height at the time of the incident.

Then, without any warning, Dimahilig drew his bolo knife and
tried to stab Imelda Marcos to death. Luckily, Marcos was quick to cover her
chest with her arms. By doing so, she was able to protect her vital organs from
the direct assault–an action that proved to be life-saving in the end.

Congressman Jose Aspitas and Linda Amor Robles (secretary of
the beautification campaign) came to the rescue, only to suffer minor
lacerations themselves. Finally, the Marcos security police fired two bullets
in Carlito’s back, killing the assailant on the spot.
Imelda Marcos was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital
via a helicopter. She suffered several wounds on her hands and arms which
required a total of 75 stitches.