MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has promised to sell the paintings and jewelry seized from the Marcos if he is elected president on May 9.
In an interview with Radyo Singko yesterday, Moreno promised to sell the seized jewelry and prized paintings of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.’s wife, Imelda.
“What matters most is that we can collect these assets and sell them to fund the state,” Moreno said in Filipino.
In 2014, the following paintings were ordered seized from Imelda’s residence in San Juan as part of the civil forfeiture case before the Sandiganbayan: “La Baignade Au Grand Temps” by Pierre Bonnard, “Vierge à l’Enfant ” by Michelangelo Buonarroti, “Vase of Red Chrysanthemums” by Bernard Buffet, “Still Life with an Idol” by Paul Gauguin, “Portrait of the Marqueza de Sta. Cruz” by Francisco de Goya, “Dawn” by Joan Miro, “Reclining Woman VI” by Pablo Picasso and “Kew Garden near the Greenhouse 1892” by Camille Pissarro.
Imelda is said to have acquired at least 200 prized paintings during the marital dictatorship.
Other paintings by Monet, Alfred Sisley and Albert Marquet acquired illegally have been sold at auction abroad.
Some 156 paintings are missing, including those by Matisse, Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Commission on Good Government has auctioned an estimated 1 billion pesos worth of jewelry seized in Imelda after the fall of the Marcos dictatorship – a faceted emerald drop, a brooch and earrings gold earrings with diamonds and pearls; golden necklace of South Sea pearls and diamonds; and matching ear clips in 18 ct. yellow gold; antique diadem of diamonds and pearls mounted in silver and gold; heart-shaped cabochon ruby weighing approximately 25-30 cts. with entourage of diamonds and white gold; set of black star sapphires and diamonds consisting of a brooch, a ring and earrings in white gold; a matching set of a bracelet, a pendant and antique earrings in diamonds, sapphires and rubies mounted in silver and gold; pearl and diamonds set with yellow gold ear clips, brooch and ring; antique necklace of Ceylon sapphires and diamonds mounted in silver and gold; Baguette in brilliant and crown of oval cut diamonds in white gold, with comb and large oval ruby cabochon and diamond brooch of 150.01 carats mounted in yellow gold.
“If you recall, those diamonds, assets that were seized from them, are just lying dormant in the vault of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. They have a Picasso painting worth $200 million. We can sell them because there is no point if they are just stored in the government vault without benefiting the people,” Moreno said in Filipino.
Imelda was convicted by the Sandiganbayan in 2018 of bribery for setting up offshore Swiss accounts to store family loot.
Meanwhile, Aksyon Demokratiko Chairman Ernest Ramel wrote to the Bureau of Internal Revenue on Monday for a copy of their letter demanding the Marcos heirs pay the government their 203.8 billion peso tax debt on the estate of the late dictator.
“This is considered a public document imbued with high public interest and we see no impediment to the publication of said letter,” Ramel wrote.
Moreno promised to collect the tax debt from the Marcos and direct it to social services.
At a press briefing yesterday, Moreno’s campaign manager Lito Banayo also urged Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III to help collect the Marcos’ tax debt.
Dominguez is an original member of PDP-Laban, according to Banayo.