The hunt is on for at least 200 pieces of priceless fine art owned by former first lady Imelda Marcos.
The Presidential Commission on Good Government will seek the public’s assistance in the recovery of the art that is allegedly being hidden.
The works are said to include rare art by Michelangelo, Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet and Rembrandt. The art went missing after the 1986 People Power revolt which ousted the Marcos family.
The only things that were left behind after the family fled were empty frames and some receipts, which were found in the Malacañang Palace and a New York townhouse .
Over the years, several of the paintings have appeared on the black market, with several being sold by Imelda Marcos’ former aide Vilma Bautista.
Bautista was sentenced last year in the United States for conspiracy and tax fraud in the sale of Monet’s Le Bassin aux Nympheas for $43-million.
Art experts believe that at least 50% of the artworks have been sold and are being hidden in high-end estates around the globe.