Imelda's 'plot to kill husband's mistress' IMELDA MARCOS - Consumed by jealousy.THE former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos Imelda Trinidad Romuáldez-Marcos (born July 2, 1929 in Manila) is a former First Lady and influential political figure in the Philippines. She is known as the "Steel Butterfly" and remains a controversial figure not only in her home country, but around the world. , was behind a plot to assassinate as·sas·si·nate
tr.v. as·sas·si·nat·ed, as·sas·si·nat·ing, as·sas·si·nates
1. To murder (a prominent person) by surprise attack, as for political reasons.
2. her husband's lover.
Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralín Marcos (September 11, 1917 – September 28, 1989) was President of the Philippines from 1966 to 1986. He was a lawyer, member of the Philippine House of Representatives (1949-1959) and a member of the Philippine Senate (1959-1965). had a year-long affair with US actress Dovie Beams Dovie Beams is an American actress, perhaps best known for her two-year affair with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos in the early 1970s. Beams hid a tape recorder under a bed while making love to the president, and later revealed the recording to the public. .
But when their relationship turned sour, Beams, 38, threatened to sell her story because she claimed Marcos owed her pounds 100,000 from a film she'd starred in about his life.
Imelda - famed for her huge shoe collection - had the actress followed. And the first lady said she wanted to "buy her or eliminate her".
A letter in 1970, from the Governor's Office in Hong Kong to the British Emb-assy in Manila, describes what happened.
In January, 1970, Beams became disillusioned dis·il·lu·sion
tr.v. dis·il·lu·sioned, dis·il·lu·sion·ing, dis·il·lu·sions
To free or deprive of illusion.
1. The act of disenchanting.
2. The condition or fact of being disenchanted. with Marcos and returned to America. She wanted Marcos to pay up and decided to reveal tape recordings of the pair of them in bed and love letters.
She later returned to the Philippines but had a row with Marcos. She then held a press conference to disclose the damaging information but authorities suppressed any stories of it in newspapers.
The letter says: "Marcos himself was keeping in the background but Mrs Marcos instructed she was to be given no money and thrown out of the country."
Miss Beams then got on a plane back to America, stopping off in Hong Kong.
The letter says: "She was seen on to the plane by a member of the US embassy but as he left the plane, the seat next to her was taken by Delfin V Cueto, whom she knew was Marcos' 'number one hatchet hatchet: see tomahawk. man'. He made no approach to her during the flight but she was frightened."
In Hong Kong a Filipino offered Beams pounds 100,000 so long as she dismissed ever having any relationship with Marcos. But she refused.
The letter says: "This tends to confirm Beams' story that she was being persecuted by Mrs Marcos, not by Mr Marcos."
Imelda also drove British officials to distraction with her moods and whims when she visited London.
Diplomats said the tactics of Imelda in securing an audience with the Queen had been tantamount to "blackmail".
One foreign official said: "The Philippine effrontery ef·front·er·y
n. pl. ef·front·er·ies
Brazen boldness; presumptuousness.
[French effronterie, from effronté, shameless, from Old French esfronte is almost breathtaking."