Imelda Marcos aide’s trial over soon—PCGG
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
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94