How much better it would have been if Manny Pacman had promised to donate a percentage of his guaranteed income this weekend, not only his fight.
Dedicating his fight to the Yolanda victims was nice but a solid credible promise to donate a certain percentage would have sounded better, given his questionable widely publicized commitments to help, and then, keep quiet.
In New York, a Marcos secretary was found GUILTY in the sale of a looted Monet. A one-time secretary to Taclobanon Imelda Marcos was found guilty by a US court last Monday for plotting to sell a Monet painting which vanished after the 1986 revolution that saw Imelda ousted.
Sentencing for Vilma Bautista, 75, will be held at a date yet to be announced, officials said. “[Ms.] Bautista was found guilty of attempting to sell art she had possessed secretly for decades and knew to be stolen, and for selling a looted museum-quality painting for her personal enrichment,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. said.
Hoard of artworks
She was one of three people accused of illegally conspiring to possess and sell works of art acquired by Mrs. Marcos, and keeping proceeds for themselves, the Manhattan district Attorney’s office said.
They also sought to hide the gains from the US tax authorities. The Monet was part of Imelda’s hoard of artworks and other luxuries accumulated during the reign of Macoy.
The Philippine government moved to recover the property following the 1986 revolution, but much of it vanished.
Mr. Vance said that after waiting 20 years beginning in 2009, Ms. Bautista and her two nephews allegedly began trying to sell.
Among the works they sought to cash in on were the Monet water lily painting, “Le Bassin aux Nympheas,” and three other valuable works that the Philippine government were trying to repossess.
They succeeded with the Monet, selling it to a London gallery and dividing the $32 million, with Ms. Bautista “keeping the largest share of the money herself,” prosecutors said.
Ms. Bautista was also accused of secretly keeping Monet’s “L ‘Eglise et La Seine a Vetheuil,” Alfred Sisley’s “England Bay” and Albert Marquet’s “Le Cypres de Djenan Sidi Said.”
Philippine authorities say 146 works of art that Mrs. Marcos acquired with public money have not yet been recovered, including works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Renoir, Rembrandt and Cezanne.
Ms. Bautista, as a member of the Philippine foreign service, acted as Mrs. Marcos’ unofficial new York-based personal secretary. go-fer, while assigned to the UN from the early 1970s through 1986.
Given Yolanda, PNoy has been to Tacloban more than once and has spent time with the Mayor (a Romualdez), but what about the invisible Imelda, Imee and Bongbong?
With the report last Monday on Monet, why wouldn’t the Taclobanons not feel that Imelda, Imee and Bongbong would fly in in aircraft laden with gold?