PCGG: 146 Marcos paintings missing

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Former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—More than 140 paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh and other masters which were bought with stolen funds by former dictator Ferdinand Marcos remain missing, the government said Tuesday.

Marcos distributed his priceless collection of at least 300 artworks to cronies when his regime crumbled in 1986. Only about half have been recovered by Manila, said Andres Bautista, head of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).

“The Marcoses were art aficionados and they spent millions of dollars buying up these paintings,” Bautista told Agence France-Presse.

The 146 paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh and other masters like Renoir, Rembrandt and Cezanne “could be anywhere,” he added.

The PCGG was formed in 1986 to recover Marcos’s embezzled fortune believed to be worth up to $10 billion, after a bloodless popular revolt ended his 20-year rule and forced him into US exile.

Marcos died in Hawaii in 1989.

The Philippine government drew up the list of missing paintings from art gallery receipts and shipment records left behind by the Marcos family, Bautista said.

Vilma Bautista, the former personal secretary to Marcos’s widow Imelda, and Vilma Bautista’s two nephews were indicted in New York last week over an alleged conspiracy to sell a Monet that had belonged to the first lady.

The Monet, “Le Bassin aux Nympheas”, and three other paintings seized by US authorities from Bautista were on the Philippines’ missing list, said commissioner Bautista, who is not related to the suspects.

The three suspects sold the Monet to an art gallery in London for $32 million, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

Bautista said he had met the New York prosecutors to ask for the return of the four paintings to Manila.

“Now, whether we bring them back here to be exhibited, or we sell them there and remit the proceeds to the national treasury would be up to President Benigno Aquino,” he said.

The other artworks from the Marcos collection that had already been recovered by the Philippine government were either sold or displayed in local institutions or museums, Bautista said.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Actually, it’s PCGG that should be blamed for all these mess. Corruption has penetrated its ranks and instead of recovering the Marcos loot back for the government, they instead got into some devious agreements with the Marcos heirs to partake of the loot themselves.

  • otoling

    Naging sobrang korapt ang PCCG sa sampu o siyam na taon ni GMA. At nuong panahun pa Ramos ay maaring nangyari ang mga puslitan na yan.

    Nuong maupo si Haydee Yorac sa Chair ng PCCG ay sandali na tumikas ang PCGG pero napansin na rin ni Haydee na maraming mga dokomentos ang mga nawala na.  Ito ang una niyang ipina-ayus kaagad.  Kaya nga maraming kaso ang humina sa laban. 

    Kaya hayan nagsiyaman na maari ang mga kaso sa mga taong involved kay Marcos diktadorship tulad nila L.Tan, Peping Cojuanco, Enrile, atbp.  

  • Hey_Dudes

    Missing na noon pa missing na naman ngayon?

    • Francis81

      Panahon ni Cory nung nagkandawalaan ang mga paintings, alahas, bags at mga sapatos  ni imelda.

  • Manolo Villareal

    Classic movies, including James Bond series plot stolen artworks and the stories are very interesting.  This is an interesting story indeed.  I suggest the title should be “Bantay Salakay”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    What can you say about this Bongbong?
    Support aniti-dynasty movement!

  • virgo57

    This is no longer a news since it happened in the midterm of the late Cory administration and the remaining collections was siphoned when FVR was at the helm. Calling Agent 007 & Sherlock Holmes.

    • Francis81

      Tingnan niyo dun sa villa ng Hda. Luisita baka nandun ang mga paintings.

  • WeAry_Bat

    Wow, even at 4 paintings, the total is above 1 billion pesos. 

    With at least 300 paintings at the outset, well, at present value, I can’t imagine.  That is for art only, not including other items, costs and expenditures.

    • http://twitter.com/akosijapney Al Japney J. Loredo

      Read carefully. The $10 Billion pertains to the sum of money that the Marcoses got the entire regime, and not the price of the paintings.

      • WeAry_Bat

         “The three suspects sold the Monet to an art gallery in London for $32 million,”

        but ok, the figure was there.  still wow.

  • blainz

    It’s a missing gallery!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    STRONGMAN FERDINAND MARCOS KUNG BUHAY PA YAN BAKA DISIPLINADO PILIPINAS AT DI PURO HOLDAP PATAYAN RAPE AT NAPAKATAAS NG CRIMEN SA PINAS UNSAFE SA MGA TURISTA AT MALILIIT NA NEGOSYO BAKA PARANG SINGAPORE NA TAYO NGAYON”

    • JK1000

      Ikaw mukha sila ulo ka !  Sino gusto kay Marcos? Sabi Instik, ” Kapag tao sila ulo di ayos isip utak”

  • ATINTO06

    NUNG BUHAY PA SI MARCOS LAHAT MAAYOS LAHAT AY CONTROLADO, PERO BKT NGAUN SIMPLENG POLITIKO SK CHAIRMAN,KGWD, KAPITAN,MAYOR KURAKOT NADIN!!,DAHIL YAN SA MGA MATATAAS NA OPISYAL NG ATING BANSA NA KINIKIMKIM ANG BUWIS AT YAMAN NG MGA TAO NA HINDI TUMITIGIL SA PAGPAPAYAMAN AT SAKANILA MISMO NAGSISIMULA ANG PAGNANAKAW KAYA LAHAT NGAUN NAGNANAKAW NADIN, AT BKT GANUN MISMONG MGA TIGA IBANG BANSA ANG PINAPAYAMAN NILA SA ATING SARILING BAYAN,. MGA KURAKOT NA POLITIKO MAGISING NAMAN KAYO! HINDI LANG KAYO ANG TAO SA MUNDO PARA MAKATIKIM NG ASENSO SA BUHAY TULUNGAN NYO NAMAN ANG BANSANG ITO,HINDI YUNG TUMUTULONG KAYO PERO KAYO DIN NAKIKINABANG AT KAYO DIN NAGPAPAKAYAMAN, MGA PURO PAPOGI AT PAGPAPAGANDA LANG GINAGAWA NYO SA POLITIKA AT BANSA AT MEDIA! SIGURADO MGA ILANG BUWAN LANG MARAMI NANAMAN MGA ADVERTISEMENT NA LALABAS SA TV KUNG SINO MGA TUMATAKBO AT TATAKBO AT YAN NANAMAN ANG PURO PANGAKO NA LAGING NAPAPAKO!..

    • JK1000

      Para ikaw wala sarili, sino matino tao sabi na ganda buhay nun dito si Marcos? lahat sila nasa mental hospital na. Sabi Instik, ” Kapag tao di galing utak, marami sabi pero di alam ang labas bibig” Ikaw para kang baliw, dapat sa iyo punta mental hospital para gamot utak mo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W2CPCJ4B6NLT4IVVV3BTXG2W5E Wilduck

    yong mga painting nasa pcgg baka naman ang mangyari ar matulad sa mga bag at sapatos ni imelda na nabulok lang dahil sa kapabayaan… nabasa raw ng pumasok ang ulan… siguruhin nyo lang mga pcgg sayang naman yan  na pweding ibenta at anj kita ay ipagawa ng hospital para lang sa walang kayang mag pa makati med ////

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/65VXY432GE64TVI3GXE2UQWYNY Ermino

    I agree with most of the comment, maa malala ang pumalit

    • JK1000

      Ikaw utak malala, sino matino isip sabi niyan ? Sabi Instik, ” Ang tao sabi ganda buhay nun kay Marcos ay wala sa sarili, kahit daga at pusa di sabi niyan”

  • pikloy

    The Marcoses were art aficionados and they spent millions of dollars buying up these paintings,” Bautista told Agence France-Presse.
    Why not if the millions dollars used are the Phillipine tresury money, not their own.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    GANYAN KAYAMAN ANG PILIPINAS NOON PANAHON NI MARCOS KAYA BUMILI NG PAINTINGS NGAYON KAYA BA BUMILI NG PILIPINAS NG GANYAN PAINTINGS ANG KAYA LANG GAWIN NG PINAS NGAYON BIGYAN NG PANTAWID GUTOM ANG PINOY AT MAG PADALA NG LIBO LIBONG PILIPINO TAGALINIS NG ENEDORO SA SINGAPORE” UNSAFE PA PINAS SA MGA TURISTA AT MALILIIT NA NEGOSYO” HOLDAP ANG SASALUBONG SYO.

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