PCGG to testify vs. ex-Marcos aide

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THE Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) will testify in the theft and tax fraud case filed by former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, PCGG Chairman Andres Bautista said

Bautista on Monday told reporters that the New York District Attorney’s Office (NYDA) has summoned the PCGG to testify against Vilma Bautista, a former aide of Marcos, and her two nephews for illegally acquiring and selling artworks owned by Marcos. The trial is scheduled on October 7 this year. The defendants earlier pleaded not guilty in a Manhattan state court and were released on a $175,000 bond.

The PCGG said the commission will not present any evidence for the tax evasion and illegal possession case but will send a witness to answer questions during the trial, as the PCGG believes the paintings should be returned to the republic.

In October last year, Vilma Bautista, along with her nephews, was charged of selling artworks that the former first lady acquired during her husband’s presidency. These artworks, said to be worth millions of pesos, include Claude Monet’s “Le Bassin aux Nymphease” and “L’Eglise et La Seine a Vetheuil”. The paintings, which the Philippine government claims it owns, were lost when the late strongman was dethroned from presidency in 1986.

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