Kris Aquino clears uncle Danding in Ninoy assassination

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 12 2018 03:19 PM | Updated as of Jun 12 2018 03:50 PM

Kris Aquino and Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco Jr. Composite

MANILA- Actress Kris Aquino took to social media to deny rumors that her uncle, Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco Jr., was behind the assassination of her father.

Kris cleared Cojuangco's name in response to a netizen's query on who killed her father, the late senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr.

"I will categorically say not Danding Cojuangco," she said in an Instagram comment.

"Kawawa s[i]ya because again being used as a convenient scapegoat. My uncle Danding has my lifelong gratitude & respect. #Truth," she added.

Screengrab from Kris Aquino's Instagram account

The chairman and CEO of San Miguel Corp., Cojuangco was linked to the assassination of his cousin Corazon Aquino's husband, Ninoy, in August 1983, although this was never proven.

The ties between the Aquinos and Danding Cojuangco were strained during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

He was one of the late dictator's cronies, who lorded it over the coconut industry.

Aquino Jr., was killed on the tarmac at the Manila International Airport on August 21, 1983. He was shot in the head while being escorted outside the aircraft by several soldiers. A lone gunman, Rolando Galman, was also killed and blamed for the murder.