The graft-court of the Philippines has ordered the seizure of high end art owned by the Marco family. The art is part of a judicial order issued by the court at noon this past Monday.
In a three-page order, the court ordered any and all sheriff’s to search for the artworks in all known Marco residences.
The paintings range from a high-end Picasso to a classic de Goya masterpiece and even a famous painting by Michelangelo.
The order said “You are hereby ordered to seize, secure and attach the paintings described…and such other paintings listed in (the) judicial affidavit of dated 18 August 2014 of Comm. Ma. Ngina Teresa Chan-Gonzaga,” the attachment also named the 8 pieces of art, as follows:
Madonna and Child by Michelangelo Bounarroti
Femme Couchee VI (Reclining Woman VI) by Pablo Picasso
Portrait of the Marqueza de Sta. Cruz by Francisco de Goya
Still Life with Idol by Paul Gaugin
LaBaignade Au Grand Temps by Pierre Bonnard
Vase of Chrysanthemums by Bernard Buffet
Jardin de Kew pres de la Serre 1892 by Camille Pisarro
L’Aube by Joan Miro
The order directed sheriff’s to search all known addresses and offices of Former First Lady Emelda Marco, including her office in Room NB-218 of the House of Representatives – her condo suite at the Penthouse of One McKinley Place in Bonifacio Global City and her condo at Pacific Plaza Condos in Ayala Ave in Makati City.
The order also includes the family’s ancestral home in Ilocos Norte and the family’s home in San Juan City.
Once the paintings are found they will be turned over to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for safekeeping. They ultimately will be released upon resolutions related to the case filed by the Presidential Commission on Good Government are decided on. The paintings are part of an anti-graft debate that seamlessly has been ongoing for decades.
“If and when the paintings are transferred in its custody, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas shall not move, remove or transfer the paintings without prior authority from this Court and shall do whatever is necessary for the preservation of the said properties under judicial custody,” the Sandiganbayan said.