The Sandiganbayan has ordered paintings confiscated from former First Lady Imelda Marcos to be transferred from the central bank to the National Museum.
The anti-graft court ordered the seizure of the paintings last September. The dispute now lies with between the Philippines and Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos and the heirs of her late husband.
Pursuant to the order, acting chief Albert dela Cruz of the court’s Sheriff and Security Services deposited 15 paintings with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for safekeeping.
BSP moved the paintings, saying in fact that they are not suitable in a place like BSP for store such valuable artwork.
In a five-page resolution promulgated on February 2, the court’s Special First Division said, “Wherefore, in light of all the foregoing development and for the preservation and conservation of the subject paintings, the court resolves to note that the BSP does not vouch for the authenticity and genuineness of the 15 paintings; the general condition of the said paintings upon their turnover to the BSP… the observation of the BSP that the paintings are in such condition that their quality will deteriorate within six months if stored or kept at Compartment No. 12 and would still deteriorate even if transferred to an ideal storage area.”
The court resolved to order the transfer of the paintings from Compartment No. 12 to the National Museum.
“For this purpose, the BSP is hereby directed to coordinate with the Office of the Clerk of Court of this Division within five days from receipt hereof,” it said.
The 15 paintings deposited with the BSP by court sheriffs were the (3), Picasso Replica Bass Strokes as well as works by Paule Gobillard including Vase de Fleurs (5), Femme Au Chapeau, Paysage, Jeune Femme En Rouge, Coupe de Fleurs, Panier de Fruits and Jeune Femme Shabilant (sic) “Chevalet.”