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NBI Seizes Marcos Paintings

NBI Seizes Marcos Paintings

| On 01, Oct 2014

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) recovered valuable paintings from Imelda Marcos and her family.

A total of eight paintings were retrieved by the NBI Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division (AOTCD) from the family’s San Juan home alone. According to the AOTCH chief head agent Rommel Vallejo, an inventory is still on going.

“Of the four known addresses that we visited, it was only in the Marcos house in San Juan where we able to recover eight paintings. But as of now, they are still doing he inventory,” said Vallejo.

On Monday, the Sandiganbayan released a writ of attachment ordering the seizure of the masterpieces, ranging from Picasso’s Femme Couchee VI to Gaugin’s Still Life.

The recovered paintings are:

  • Madonna and Child by Michelangelo Bounarroti
  • Femme Couchee VI (Reclining Woman VI) by Pablo Picasso
  • Portrait of the Marqueza de Sta. Cruz by Francisco de Goya
  • Still Life with Idol by Paul Gaugin
  • LaBaignade Au Grand Temps by Pierre Bonnard
  • Vase of Chrysanthemums by Bernard Buffet
  • Jardin de Kew pres de la Serre 1892 by Camille Pisarro
  • L’Aube by Joan Miro

The NBI found the lawyers of the Marcoses waiting in their home. They were told that a motion will be filed, but they were eventually allowed to recover the paintings.

Two teams of the AOCTD separately went to the 34 Penthouse Plaza Condominium, Ayala Avenue, Makati City and at the Penthouse, One McKinley Place, 3rdAvenue Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City. Another operation was held in Ilocos Norte, but updates of the operation is not yet up.

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