Marcos loot on display at the Virtual Jewelry Exhibit
One pearl and diamond set is equivalent to the annual income of 15 Filipinos.
(SPOT.ph) A sapphire necklace studded with diamonds, a diamond coronet in white gold, a diamond tiara in platinum—these are just some of the pieces belonging to the three immense jewelry collections owned by the Marcoses.
In an effort to remind Filipinos how the Marcoses took advantage of the Philippines' coffers, the Presidential Commission on Good Government will be posting selected jewelry items in an online exhibit. Called Virtual Jewelry Exhibit, A Story of Excesses: What could have fueled a nation’s development, the featured pieces show their equivalent in education, health, agrarian reform, and other essential programs that the money could have gone to.
Tasked to recover the Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth, the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) also aims to show the youth the truth behind the Marcos riches.
In a statement, the PCGG says, “It is with hope that the youth who are too young to have lived or endured the struggles during the dictatorship or those who have comfortably forgotten shall once again relive the fire that burned in the hearts of the Filipino people who marched in EDSA, who have desperately but peacefully wanted change. So that the young and old can say with knowledge or conviction, ‘Never again!’ “
Photos from PCGG’s Facebook page