EDUARDO “DANDING” COJUANGCO
Who is he? One of the richest men in the Philippines, Danding Cojuangco Jr. is the chairman of the San Miguel Corporation and the first cousin of the former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino.
Why is he a suspect? Cojuangco was a known Marcos crony and also a member of the “Rolex 12″ who helped enforce the martial law. At that time, Cojuangco was also in conflict with Cory and his cousin-in-law Ninoy.
Cojuangco was implicated to the murder when Pablo Martinez, one of the 16 soldiers who were convicted in the Aquino-Galman case, named the former as the mastermind behind the assassination.
Martinez, who became a born again Christian in 1994, revealed in his affidavit that three top military officials assigned him to escort Galman from Carlston Hotel in Pasay City to the tarmac of the Manila International Airport on the day of the assassination.
The said officials were later identified to be Colonel Romeo Ochoco, then deputy commander of the Aviation Security Command (Avsecom), Philippine Constabulary Brigadier Gen. Romeo Gatan and businessman Herminio Gosuico. Incidentally, Gosuico was a known associate of Danding Cojuangco, and this is when the Danding-did-it theory got started.
After he was granted a presidential pardon in 2007 on humanitarian grounds, Pablo Martinez was asked by ABS-CBN’s Julius Babao to name the real mastermind behind the double murder. He replied “Danding Cojuangco” and had since refused to retract his statement.
Martinez died on May 7, 2014 after being hit by an SUV while biking along Roxas Boulevard. Authorities said it was an accident, but his relatives believe otherwise.