PCGG: Gov’t, not Marcos victims, owns Monet painting

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STOLEN, SOLD Claude Monet’s “L’ Eglise de Vetheuil,” shown here in a photo supplied by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York, was sold for $32 million by former Imelda Marcos’ social secretary, Vilma Bautista. The buyer said he bought the stolen artwork “in good faith” and has agreed to a $10-million settlement with the counsel of martial law victims. Photo taken from PCGG website, pccg.gov.ph

The Philippine government continues to assert its legal claim to a valuable Claude Monet painting that was the subject of a $10-million settlement between the lawyers of the Marcos rights abuse victims and the buyer of the painting, which is believed to be part of the ill-gotten assets of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

“If the [buyer] reached a settlement with the lawyers of the Marcos human rights victims to buy peace, then that is the [buyer’s] prerogative. But this in no way diminishes the (Philippine state’s) legal claims and will not be a factor in our assertion of such claims,” the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) said on Saturday.

The PCGG said the claim of the 7,500 rights abuse victims was “separate and distinct” from the Philippine state’s.

The agency explained that the state was seeking to recover assets that were obtained through “funds plundered from the public coffers” and which therefore “rightfully belong to the Filipino people as a whole.”

The claim of the rights abuse victims, on the other hand, is based on a US court judgment made in their favor against the Marcos estate and which can be enforced against the Marcoses’ personal properties, the PCGG said.

Suit or settlement

The PCGG said the agency—created after the Edsa People Power Revolution of 1986 to recover the ill-gotten assets of the dictator and his associates—“continues to be in active discussions” with the unidentified buyer of the Monet work, “whether this be in the form of a legal suit or an independent settlement.”

Robert Swift, the United States-based lawyer for the 7,500 rights abuse victims who won a $2-billion award in a class action suit against the Marcos estate in 1995, is reported to have successfully entered into a $10-million settlement with the unnamed buyer of the painting, “Le Bassin aux Nympheas” (“Water Lily Pond,” 1899) by the French Impressionist master, Claude Monet.

Considered stolen

The painting, which was part of the Marcoses’ cache of Impressionist works, was reportedly sold for $32 million to the unnamed buyer in 2010 by Vilma Bautista, the former social secretary of Marcos’ widow, Imelda Marcos, who is now an Ilocos Norte congresswoman.

The entire Marcos collection is considered stolen works, and reported as such, by the Philippine government.

Bautista was arrested by the New York police last November while trying to sell three other Impressionist works from the Marcos collection.

Bautista’s trial for art theft and tax fraud is set to start on Oct. 7 in New York. Her two nephews who helped her to sell the Monet have been similarly charged but remain at large.

Compensation bill

The PCGG pointed out that the matter of compensation for the 9,539 Marcos human rights victims who won a class action suit against the Marcos estate and were ordered compensated with $2 billion by Hawaii Judge Manuel Real had already been addressed by the government.

Congress has passed a compensation bill that President Aquino signed into law last February. It reportedly provided for a P10-billion compensation, about $230 million, for the rights abuse victims, now numbering 7,500.

“Hence, ill-gotten wealth and assets should be the subject matter of recovery for the National Treasury,” the PCGG said.

Rosales disagrees

However, at least one government official does not seem to be in conformity with the PCGG view on the state’s right to the ill-gotten Marcos assets.

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Etta Rosales told the PCGG to “stop behaving as the past PCGG has been behaving.”

The PCGG has always appeared to act “in confrontation with the claimants, which in effect leads to a nonrecognition of the judgment in Hawaii,” she said.

The PCGG should stop taking a “parochial view” and to “see the larger context of what human rights is all about,” she said.

Rosales said she “fully supports” the $10-million settlement between the Marcos human rights victims and the buyer of the Monet painting.

She said she considered it a positive development that the 7,000 victims of human rights abuses during the Marcos regime stood to get another $1,000 in compensation from the $10-million settlement. With a report from DJ Yap

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  • I’m Yellow & I’m a Retard

    Marcos is an evil man. My Lolo Ninoy would have been more famous if not for Marcos. My Lolo Ninoy would have become the president in 1973 if not for Marcos. Our family friend, the Lopezes, would have been a lot richer if not for Marcos. Our Hacienda Luisita would have been ours forever, if not for the agitations of Marcos. Our family rice bowl would have been more unbreakable and our silverspoon bigger if not for Marcos.

    Marcos is the root of all evil. I’m Josh and I’m a mongoloid. If mongoloids can tell that Marcos is evil, what more for the common man.

    Tama na. Sobra na. Palitan na.

    • Akoangkonsensyamo_123

      Law of karma! Bukas makalawa anak mo mag kakaanak ng binabastos mong profile name and pic. Magkomento ka na ng below the belt pero wag ang taong inosente at walang alam sa mundo ng mapagsamantala at ng kagaya mong…. you’re pathethic! Konting respeto sa mga tao o batang “may intellectual disability”. ATTENTION CHR and Moderator of this discussion”

    • Guest

      Hate will lead you to the dark side.

      • I’m Yellow & I’m a Retard

        You hate me na?

        Now na?

  • TheHopefulPessimist

    This article makes it sound like it’s some sort of victory for the Filipino people when in fact what they got is pittance. This kind of settlement sends the wrong signal and provides an easy way out for criminals. It’s a shame that someone will actually buy stolen property and offer the victims a fraction of the value. To add insult to injury, the Marcoses not only remain free but still remain in public offices. The Filipino people gets short changed once again.

    The Arroyos tormented the country for 8 years, the Marcoses did the same for 20 years. It just baffles me why PNOY does not seem to go after the Marcoses with as much gusto as he does the Arroyos, especially after what the former has done to his father.The government must pursue this case and go after all the people involved.

    • BatangSingapore

      malinaw pa sa sikat ng araw na ang gusto lang ng mga cojuangco/aquino ay maghari sila sa pangungurakot sa pilipinas. yan ang nangyayari sa kasalukuyan, pero walang humahadlang kahit very obvious na ang kahirapan ng bansa.

      • wency

        Di pangunahan mo ang pag expose. Ikaw ang bagong bayani. Cge na, please.

      • BatangSingapore

        hindi pwedeng expose ang exposed na. ang kailangan ng tulad mo ay gumising at imulat ang mga mata.

      • wency

        Ano ang kinurakot ni Pnoy? At ano na gagawin mo para matigil ang pangungurakot, cge nga?

      • BatangSingapore

        pork barrel nya saan napunta.
        alisin mo yun pork barrel.

        ano pa tanong?

      • wency

        Magkano? Kailan? Saan nawala?

      • BatangSingapore

        bilyon bilyon piso
        simula ng nanunkulan si cory at abnoy
        sa malacanang.

        ano pa tanong?

      • PunyeteroKa

        Not counted ang komento ng half-pig, half-monkey na gaya mo at mongoloid pa! Kahit anong loyalistang pasikat, bumenta na at wala ng bibili sa mga lako mo!!
        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahaha..Lah!!!!

      • wency

        Oo nga. Cge, sayang oras.

      • Alex Alvarez

        bat dimo tanungin sarili mo kung saan kaya napunta ang mga pork barrel niya nong congressman at senador siya, tingnan mo naman ang tarlac ngayon, me pagasenso ba? sila lang umasenso ha ha ha………

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Dahil di ka maka-sikwat kaya ka nangi-gigil ano? Ipakita mo ang mga post kay Bobong-bobo at isa yun sa maninikwat at sanay na sanay pa! Uloll !!!!
        HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAahahahaha!!!!!

      • Alex Alvarez

        maraming nabulag ang mga yellow media.. pero ang iba ay unti unting nakakakita na nang liwanag.. unti unti silang nagigising sa katotohanan……..

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Dahil pinahid mo nang etats nakatapal sa mukha mo kaya ngayon nakakakita ka na. At may ambisyon pang maging zombie! Tangnamo, ulool!!!!
        HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAahahahaha!!!!!

    • I’m Yellow & I’m a Retard

      That’s the official narrative our family endorses. Thank you for supporting it.

    • tarikan

      Blame it to the solid Iloka-ok vote. This solid Iloka-ok vote alone is enough to send a Marcos to the senate like Bong2. In Ilocos Norte, these Marcoses can win elections hands down. Such bobotantes.

      • Hurtlocker1

        Plus the ilokano votes living in other parts of Philippine archipelago…

        Believe you me, that is the pride of every Ilokano to have one (B.Marcos) of their kind to occupy (AGAIN) Malacanang…

        No offense to them, but they are ONE…kahit ano pa batikos, bad or good, through thick and thin….

        Proof: Bong won as senator!!!

      • Alex Alvarez

        and it’s not only the ilocanos who supported bong bong, even the visayan and mindanaons supprted him……..

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Dapat dalhin ka sa Lubang at straggler ka palang kampon ni makoy!! At didilensya pa ki Bobong-bobo, ha? Taenamo!!
        HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAahahahaha!!!!! ullol !!

      • batangpaslit

        Bro, hindi kasi ma deny na ang highway going to the North is indeed solid; pati, ang sa Mindanao. Kaya, ang solid votes…

    • batangpaslit

      Bro, your ID is intriguing, eh?
      Pessimist; but, Hopeful….hahaha

      • TheHopefulPessimist

        Yes, the aim was to have an ironic effect =) I’m skeptical by nature but I try to be upbeat as much as possible. As they say, hope springs eternal. What about you? batangpaslit sounds like it has some paradoxical meaning.

      • batangpaslit

        chuckles…
        I surmise, either you are an authority in Marketing, or an expert in the Advertising field? You can draw up a catchy ID, eh? well, from my end, with the surfeit of depressing news circulating in the air, I want to reminisce the days when I am so carefree in my ways, namely: I do not have to worry swimming in the river since there is no fear of getting germs from pollution; the utility bills were affordable; Coca-Cola cost only a few cents; the Converse Shoes, which costs PhP50.00 a pair at the time is the most expensive item then before Nike and Adidas came out…etcetera, etcetera.
        To be a “batangpaslit” again, offers me sanity and the sense of equilibrium in this maddening world….’diba?

      • Guest

        Got it! But no, I’m not in marketing or advertising field but thanks for the compliment on my ID. Yours is not bad either.
        You made me pause there for a moment. I was just about to write that I have no recollection of P50 shoes but that I share your sentiments about the pollution in our waterways. But come to think of it, I have no recollection of ever seeing Manila’s rivers or esteros clean. It’s really disheartening, but who knows perhaps the new mayor will work wonders and allow me to see it in my lifetime.

      • TheHopefulPessimist

        Got it! But no, I’m not in marketing or advertising field but thanks for the compliment on my ID. Yours is not bad either.
        You made me pause there for a moment. I was just about to write that I have no recollection of P50.00 shoes but that I share your sentiments about the pollution in our waterways. But come to think of it, I have no recollection of ever seeing Manila’s rivers or esteros clean. It’s really disheartening, but who knows perhaps the new mayor will work wonders and allow me to see it in my lifetime.

      • batangpaslit

        lumaki kasi ako sa probinsiya.
        pag naka suot ka nang Converse, sikat ka na.
        mas mahal pa ang Converse kesa balat na sapatos noon.
        ang mga basketball players noon pag naka suot ng Converse shoes, sikat na.

        BTW, ilan ba ang ID mo….?

      • TheHopefulPessimist

        Isa lang po ang ID ko.
        We have similar experience, I longed for a pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes back in the days pero like you said masyadong mahal :)

    • Alex Alvarez

      Marcos for 20 years? twisting facts eh… done to his father? eh may pruweba ba? Ni cory di napatunayan, alam nila kung sino master mind pero tahimik lang sila, kasi mababalewala lahat pati edsa at malilinis ang pangalan ni FM! He he he, Si GMA, aba para sa akin eh ok lang naman puwera sa mga ZTE at joint exploration with the viets and chinks na nagawa niya……..

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Lang’hya, para kang batang taas ng taas ng kamay para mapansin, at akala mo makakakubra ka sa mga Marcos ano? Lumalabas tuloy ang pagka sinto-sinto mo at akala mo makakalibre ka, ano? Si Pandak din hindi na nagbibigay ngayon kaya lugi ka na naman. Halatang syethead ka! HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAahahahaha!!!!! Ullol !!!

      • TheHopefulPessimist

        Marcos ruled the country for 20 years and Ninoy Aquino was imprisoned for 7 years during martial law. Nobody’s twisting any facts here.

        BTW, you should refrain from using racial slurs.

  • BatangSingapore

    ang mga ngumangawa ng human rights victim ay mga filipino traydor na nagpauto at nagpakabobo sa paniniwala ng sinusulong ng mga komunistang intsik. nang sila ay pinagpapatay ng mga tunay na filipino, abay nagrereklamo pero asan ka gusto lang pala makisawsaw sa yaman ng mga filipino.

    dapat talaga sa inyo mga human right victims ay hindi na kayo bayaran dahil kayo ay sadyang pakawala ng komunistang intsik. mga patay gutom.

    DEATH TO COMMUNISM!
    DEATH TO CHINA!

    • tarikan

      Amen to that, BatangSingapore. If I can do that to a couple of kaka in the Philippines, I’m more than break even with my life. It really would make my day.

      • BatangSingapore

        umuwi ka dito sa pilipinas para magawa mo yan naisin mo.
        ang laban ng mga filipino ay hindi dapat palaging grupo.
        may laya at mas matagumpay kung solo solo tayong umaaksyon
        ng sa gayon ang lahat ay may kontribusyon.

      • PunyeteroKa

        Gawin mo ang ipinapayo mo! Hirap maging kagrupo ang loyalista!
        HAHAHAHAHAHA…Lah!!!!

    • wency

      Ang layo sa isyu, human rights victims, communism, dinagdag pa ang china.

      • BatangSingapore

        ang human rights victim mga NPA.
        ang NPA ay pakawala ng mga komunista
        ang komunista ay ang China.

        parang ikaw yata ang malayo eh. hahhahahahaha

      • PunyeteroKa

        Ang premise mo ay mali, kaya konklusyon mali parin!!
        HAHAHAHAHAHAhahaha!!! Lah!!!

      • wency

        May tawag ata sa ganyang malayo sa pinag-uusapan, wala sa hulog.

      • PunyeteroKa

        Nasayang ang oras ko sa ka-papaliwanag sa BatangSingapore na iyan dahil akala ko hindi mongoloid. Yun pala mongoloid na loyalist pa, at ang gustong lang isulong ang agendang si bobong-bobo marcos ang maging presidente sa 2016!

      • BatangSingapore

        magsama kayo ni wency na parehas tanga hahahhahahaha.

      • PunyeteroKa

        Oy at napansin rin pala ng mongoloid na half-pig, half-monkey ang comment ko sa kanya. Eh anong gusto mo, palakpakan ka? O gusto mong endorsement ko kay bobong-bobo?
        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahaha..Lah!!!!

      • BatangSingapore

        nakahanap ka na kakampi mo at ganyan talaga pag parehas tanga nagsasama sama. hahahahahhaha

      • PunyeteroKa

        Ikaw ang tawag na abomination. Punla ng baboy at duling na tsonggo. Itinagalog ko para makaintindi ka at hindi mo maintindihan ang “spawn of a cross-eyed monkey & a dirty swine”. O baka pati punla, di mo pa alam!!
        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahaha..Lah!!!!

      • batangpaslit

        delikado
        simula na ito ng Guerra Mondial…chuckles

      • PunyeteroKa

        Pre, I warned him as I tried a normal approach but he thought I didn’t mean it when I said I can do better when he starts insulting or cussing…well, he didn’t listen..

      • batangpaslit

        Yes, Bro, I read you. I appreciate your passion for the Filipino people….commendable!

      • batangpaslit

        World War III is in the offing…hehehe

      • wency

        O, nagsalita pa tungkol sa kanya, tanga daw.

      • Alex Alvarez

        ikaw yata mongoloid eh, mongoloid na komunista pa yata……..ha ha ha

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        O, nakisawsaw yong confirmed marcos schizophrenic, iidiot biitch ni Joma(walang yata-yata, siguradong-sigurado!). Akala dahil ilang araw na, di mapapansin. Uulolll !!
        HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAahahahaha!!!!!

      • Alex Alvarez

        Ang layo sa issue? Abay magbasa basa ka, o kaya huwag kang sumabat kung di mo alam ang tunay na dahilan ng huma human rights na iyan!

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Nakakabasa ka? Akala ko memorized mo lang ang kanta ng Bagong Lipunan? Gantimpala bilang Onoda ng mga loyalista sa ‘yo! ulul!!!!
        HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAahahahaha!!!!!

      • wency

        i–s–a p–a n g a–n–g l–a–y-o s–a i–s–y–u….sensya di ako marunong magbasa, genius.

  • kismaytami

    Why is it that every time there’s an unearthed Marcos stolen wealth, these victims and their ‘lawyers’ are claiming and shouting it’s theirs? Isn’t that so absurd? It was not theirs in the first place. Those stolen wealth are from public coffers and therefore owned by every Filipino citizen. I bet their lawyers are moving heaven and earth for the biggest chunk of the stolen wealth. Now, that is wealth, stolen twice.

    • batangpaslit

      the birthland is no longer a serene place to live in; but, a paradise to be robbed

  • tugakbatan

    I would rather give it to Marcos’ victims. Nanakawin lang iyan ng mga government officials at mga politicians.

    • BatangSingapore

      my assss.

      ipadala ang pera sa mga pang publikong paaralan.

      • PunyeteroKa

        Di dadaan sa gobyernong ayaw na ayaw mo? Di naman pwede sa iyo at baka tuluyan ng mawala, di ba? Loyalist ka eh, sanay sa sikwatan!

        HAHAHAHAHAHA…Lah!!!!

  • tarikan

    Judge Manuel Real’s (of Hawaii) decision giving the Marcos’ human rights victims some $2B compensation is precedent setting. We don’t mind if the money comes from the Marcos estate but from the government? Why the H.e.L.L. we, the taxpayers have to pay them victims? That’s our money this judge is appropriating for the victims. Such callousness, your dishonor! Let them Marcos heirs pay it, daaammmnnit! If they couldn’t, haul them to jail. Why us huh, why us???

    • batangpaslit

      you have a point…well said, Bro.

  • santosboi

    lahat ng pinoy victim nito.

    • BatangSingapore

      victim ng ano?

      victim ng painting ni monet?

      • PunyeteroKa

        Talagang kumbinsido akong kaya ka galit dahil mongoloid ka. Balikan mo nga ang sinabi mo, aba’y out-of-bounds yan a!

    • vin reyes

      sgurado ka?

    • Alex Alvarez

      Di ako naging biktima kahit kailan… subalit noong nawala si makoy, naging biktima ako sa sobrang taas ng mga bilihin at liit ng sahod dito sa atin……..at mga oligarch’s sila pa rin ang nagpapahirap sa bayan……….

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Eh di sumiping ka sa bangkay ni lakay para masamyo mo ang hinahanap mong amoy niya at ng ‘new society”..ulul !!
        HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAahahahaha!!!!!

  • JosengSisiw1

    How about the sugar farmers, the coconut planters, the workers and all the taxpayers? They were also victims, economically by the MARCOSES’ and their cronies’ cartels? Where & when can they recover their decent way of living squandered by the MARCOSES and their cronies?

    • kanoy

      WHAT THE WORLD IS SNICKERING ABOUT IS HERE WE GOT THE FAMILY OF THE THIEVES–IMELDA AND JUNIOR—WINNING IN THE COURT IN THE COUNTRY THEY STOLE IT ALL FROM AND DOING IT WHILE REPRESENTING THEMSELVES
      >WE STOLE IT SO THEREFOR ITS OURS!!
      THE MAKATI APPETITE COURT AGREED!!!!!!!

  • MikeCrisologo

    How come its only 10,000 people benefited ? As they said , it was stolen from the government coffers , so it is taxpayers money and there is 100 million Pinoys .

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