Imelda Marcos aide’s trial over soon—PCGG


PCGG Chairman Andres Bautista said the art theft and tax fraud trial of Vilma Bautista in New York should be over in a few months. AFP/TED ALJIBE

While ill-gotten-wealth cases against the Marcoses and their cronies have been languishing in Philippine courts the past 26 years, a case involving part of the Marcos loot in the United States should be resolved within the year.

Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) Chairman Andres Bautista said the art theft and tax fraud trial of Vilma Bautista, the erstwhile social secretary and confidante of former first lady Imelda Marcos, in New York should be over in a few months.

Vilma Bautista and her two nephews were arrested in November in New York after they were found to have sold three valuable paintings believed to have been part of the Marcos assets but which disappeared in 1986 after the downfall of the dictatorship.

The New York District Attorney’s Office charged Vilma Bautista and her nephews with illegally conspiring to possess and sell valuable paintings that they did not own, and keeping the proceeds for themselves and hiding them from tax authorities.

“We were told the case will be finished by 2013. They hope to finish the trial in two months,” the PCGG chairman said. Dona Z. Pazzibugan

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    “We were told the case will be finished by 2013. They hope to finish the trial in two months,” the PCGG chairman said.” YUP ABSOLUTELY CORRECT ..KUNG SA PINAS ANG CASE NA IYAN, PATAY NA SI IMELDA HINDI PA RIN MALULUTAS ANG KASONG IYAN..BULOK NA BULOK ANG JUDICIAL SYSTEM NG PINAS AT KALAT YAN SA BUONG MUNDO. 

    • david luansing

      calling on the Supreme Court…hoy gising na kayo mga pagong……make all the nescessary chnages now for the better….

      • tilamsik

        dont bother david… manhid na sila sa kahihiyan 

  • imongredneck

    She is going to be convicted. Serves her time. Get deported to the Phil., works in Imelda’s office, run and get elected as governor or congressman. It can happen.

  • cion

    How did they know that she is not the owner of those paintings. being a secretary to the first Lady, Imelda Marcos ,she  could have given it  to her as a gift  for her  service . No one can prove that she stole those paintings.

    • PinayArtistinBoston

      You’re so naive about the art world and this particular case.
      The paintings are not Imelda’s but are the property of the Philippine government. So it was not hers to give them away.
      Secondly, they did not pay taxes on the proceeds. In the US, tax evasion is a very serious crime. Prominent people and multimillionaires go to jail for tax frauds.

    • david luansing

      if you receive stolen  anything…it is still stolen item and you cannot claim it as yours…

  • Pedro

    Mabuti pa sa America, nananalo  ang  mga Pilipino  laban sa pamilyang ito. .  dito sa Pilipinas laging talo  ang gobyerno at ang tao. . . .  sa America  kasi  hindi  nakukuha sa . . . Lagayan  ang  mga  hukom at prosecutors . . may hustisya para sa lahat. .

  • orchid

    Good riddance of another Marcos lackey!  Hopefully Vilma Bautista and her two nephews will serve ample amount of time in jail in the USA.  Another one bites the dust!

  • Ros Feliciano

    Why do we cut branches of a venom tree when the roots are active to reproduce more branches? 

  • Ros Feliciano


    I don’t understand our culture of easily offering
    forgiveness. Perhaps I will never understand. Why we easily forgive when the
    culprit doesn’t show any sign of remorse or repentance as the effect of such offender’s
    offence has continually and continuously affecting the integrity of our nation?
    Grafts and corruptions crippling the character of our youth have become known
    throughout the land as our culture that many of our people now are accepting as
    a part of our occupation to survive, and worse we put those offenders in company
    of people of good will; people who want to heal the malignant sickness
    affecting the integrity of the whole nation.  May I suggest that we take part in the fight
    against frauds in our own method by way of excellent examples, so by doing so,
    people around us may emulate or imitate our good deeds?  Let us try to do such excellent examples
    starting with our own children then spread it in the community. It is not just
    enough to do by talking, we must say what we do; do what we say, and
    demonstrate that it is indeed effective for the whole people in the community
    to accept that what we do is really working perfectly. Perhaps I will be able
    to know why we easily forgive people when people show sign of repentance by
    what they say and do what they say in demonstrating that what they say really

  • tilamsik

    Wonder why overseas, cases against Marcoses win but in Philippines never?  Lols… pera pera lang yan.

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