The impending sale of an estimated P700-million worth of jewelry previously owned by former First Lady Imelda Marcos proves corruption existed under the term of her late husband, the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Vice President Leni Robredo said Sunday (June 2).
Robredo called the jewelry the “fruit” of the Marcoses’ corruption on her radio show, “Biserbisyong Leni.”
“Ang hindi na lang makakakita dito iyong ayaw tumingin, pero pinapakita ng desisyon, pinapakita ng kung saan patutungo ito na tunay na nagkasala, tunay na may korapsyon, tunay na maraming biktima. Kaya nga iyong… iyong, parang, prutas ng koraspyon, ito na’t ibebenta,” she said.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo last week confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte approved the sale of one of the three sets of jewelry seized three decades ago in Hawaii, where the Marcoses lived in exile after Ferdinand’s ouster in 1986.
The collection includes a rare 25-carat, barrel shaped diamond whose value was estimated at $5 million by the London-based auction house Christie’s in 2015.
With no less than Duterte green lighting the sale, Robredo said no further proof is needed that the Marcoses engaged in corruption to enrich themselves.
“Nandiyan na lahat na ebidensya, korte na mismo nagsabi, si Pangulo na mismo nag-authorize na puwede nang ibigay because of the court order, eh parang— Hindi naman ito black propaganda kasi iyong lahat na ebidensya nandiyan na,” she said.