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Not yet Meldy

17 Jun

So the government has spoken — through acting Justic Secretary Agnes Devenadera — that the Madame will not be getting her divine jewel collection.  Not yet.

Not this…

10-carat canary yellow diamond and huge southsea pearl pendant/brooch

10-carat canary yellow diamond and huge southsea pearl pendant/brooch

this…

 20-carat ruby cabochon and diamonds in white gold

20-carat ruby cabochon and diamonds in white gold

…nor this.

Diamond choker with 15 5-carat each Colombian emeralds (75-carats total) and 50 carats worth of diamonds in platinum.

Diamond choker with 15 5-carat each Colombian emeralds (75-carats total) and 50 carats worth of diamonds in platinum.

Photos by Diana J. Limjoco

These jewels, part of the prized Roumeliotes collection, were confiscated by the Bureau of Customs from Greek Demetriou Roumeliotes who tried smuggling them out of the country on March 9, 1986.  Two other collections — the Malacanang and Honolulu jewels — were being kept at the vaults of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.  Auction houses Christie’s of New York and Sotheby’s of London estimated the three collections to be worth P15 billion.

My gawd! P15-billion!

Madame’s lawyer, however, said that his client is after the Malacanang and Honolulu collections.

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Isa pang nakakaloka

17 Jun

“Evidently, Mrs. Marcos remains to be the legitimate owner of said prized jewellery.”

– former Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales in a letter to the Presidential Commission on Good Government.

Diamond necklace by Italian designer Buccellati, 93 carats diamonds.

Diamond necklace by Italian designer Buccellati, 93 carats diamonds.

Madame wearing the Buccelatti

Madame wearing the Buccelatti

See Diana Limjoco‘s site to see more Marcos jewels.  Nakakaloka ang koleksyones!

And if these will be returned to Madame, paano na mababayaran ang more than 10,000 claimants na human rights victims ng Marcos regime?