General Who Implicated Imelda Marcos in Coup Plot Dies
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Brig. Gen. Alejandro Galido, who implicated Imelda Marcos and an American in a failed December coup, died early Sunday of liver cancer, officials said. He was 54.
Galido gave up his post as chief of the military’s southern Luzon command in December after he was himself linked to the bloody nine-day coup attempt. It killed 113 people and nearly toppled President Corazon Aquino.
Later, Chief of Staff Renato de Villa said Galido had infiltrated ranks of military dissidents to spy on them for the government. i 3/8 In a statement given in February, Galido said he telephoned Mrs. Marcos in Hawaii last year to ask for financial backing for a coup attempt, but she refused because of money problems.
Mrs. Marcos, wife of the late Philippine leader Ferdinand Marcos, was acquitted July 2 after a 10-week trial in U.S. District Court in New York. The government had alleged that she helped her husband loot the Philippines’ treasury of more than $220 million, using the money to buy four New York buildings, artworks and jewelry.
Mrs. Aquino was swept into power when a military-civilian uprising ousted President Marcos in February 1986.
Galido also said an American, Harold Maglio of Wrightwood City, Calif., offered to sell him $20 million worth of weapons for the attempted coup. Galido said Maglio introduced himself as an Air Force colonel working for the Defense Intelligence Agency.
U.S. officials said Maglio worked at Norton Air Force Base in southern California but had no links to the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Galido was born July 12, 1936, in Antique province. He graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 1958 and served primarily in intelligence positions.
He also served with the Philippine contingent in Vietnam during the 1960s.
He is survived by his widow, Consalacion, six sons and two daughters.