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In The Know: Vilma Bautista

/ 03:51 AM November 21, 2012

Vilma Bautista served as a personal and confidential secretary of then First Lady Imelda Marcos. She also worked as consular official in the Philippine Mission to the United Nations from 1966 to 1986.

In a 1986 New York Times report, Bautista, then a $3,000-a-month first secretary at the mission, was described as a demure, quiet-spoken woman.

She moved discreetly around New York as a business agent, personal shopper, confidante and eyes and ears of the former first lady, the report said.

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The Corazon Aquino administration had Bautista’s diplomatic passport canceled and then alerted US  immigration and customs officials that the woman might have information about the Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth.

According to previous accounts, an investigation showed that several very expensive New York properties turned up under Bautista’s name. Inquirer Research

Sources: New York Times, The Marcos File by Charles C. McDougald, www.lawphil.net

TAGS: Global Nation, Imelda Marcos, Marcos ill-gotten wealth, US, Vilma Bautista
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