Manila – There were about 15 paintings which are said to be a part of the ‘ill-gotten’ wealth of the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos were seized from the Marcos family’s ancestral home in San Juan City on September 30.
Representatives from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Presidential Commission on Good Governance (PCGG) searched the ancestral home of the Marcos family in San Juan City after Sandiganbayan ordered that the Marcos properties be searched for eight expensive paintings which are allegedly
acquired through their ill-gotten riches.
The authorities took famous paintings in the ancestral home including the works of Michelangelo Buonarroti, Picaso, De Goya, Gauguin and other famous artists.
The authenticity of the paintings are still yet to be checked because there 3 ‘madonna and child’ painting found in the ancestral house.
However, counsels of former first lady Imelda Marcos said that they will file a motion for reconsideration claiming that what the authorities did is illegal and that the paintings were all minor artworks.
Imelda Marcos wanted to came to the search operations and prevent the authorities from getting her collections but the her doctors advised her not to pursue because it would be bad for her health.
The paintings are now in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for safekeeping.
Luedita C. Rapada