A movie, "Objective: Patayin si Sec. Magsaysay!" was made in 1957, based from the true story of an Ex-Huk assigned to kill RM. It starred Jose Padilla, Jr., Arsenia Francisco, Oscar Moreno, Carlos Salazar, Aida Carino, Teddy Baenavides, Gil de Leon and Ruben Rustia. The movie was directed by Mike Velarde under Champion Pictures.
... In early August 1950 Magsaysay offered President Quirino a plan to fight the Communist guerillas, using his own experiences in guerrilla warfare during World War II. After some hesitation, Quirino realized that there was no alternative and appointed Magsaysay Secretary of National Defence on August 31, 1950. He intensified the campaign against the Hukbalahap guerillas, waging one of the most successful anti-guerrilla campaigns in modern history. This success was due in part to the unconventional methods he employed and developed alongside an American adviser, General Edward Lansdale. The counterinsurgency the two deployed utilized soldiers distributing relief goods and other forms of aid to outlying, provincial communities. Where before Magsaysay the rural folk looked on the Philippine Army if not in distrust, at least with general apathy, during his term as Defense Secretary Filipinos began to respect and admire their soldiers. (Wikipedia)
From the file--- The Hukbalahap Insurection: A Case Study of a Successful Anti-Insurgency Operation in the
The new secretary of national defense's popularity and fame did not escape Taruc's notice. During his first year in office, Magsaysay was the target of several Huk assassination attempts. Fortunately, all of these attempts failed and in one case, the agent was "turned" after having a long discussion with Magsaysay.
One of several young men sent to assassinate Magsaysay during his first year as secretary was Thomas Santiago, known as "Manila Boy."
This episode however, should not suggest that Magsaysay's personality and charisma overcame all adversity -- it did not. Several other assassins arrived in