A possible lost Picasso was seen in the home of Imelda Marcos after her son's election victory in the Philippines

A possible lost Picasso was seen in the home of Imelda Marcos after her son’s election victory in the Philippines

Photos released by the family showed Marcos Jr visiting the home of his mother, Imelda, which has Picasso’s Reclining Woman VI, or a replica, displayed on the sofa.

The glimpse of a possible Picasso in the home of Imelda Marcos filmed during a visit by her son, Ferdinand Jr, after his election victory has sparked a wave of speculation in the Philippines, where the family that once plundered billions is preparing to return to power.

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, son and namesake of the late dictator, He won a landslide victory in Monday’s presidential election, a result that horrified those who survived his father’s rule.

Photos posted by the family they showed Marcos Jr visiting the home of his mother, Imelda, which has Picasso’s Reclining Woman VI, or a replica, displayed on the couch.

It is not clear whether the painting, one of eight seized by anti-corruption authorities in 2014, is genuine, pero the unexpected appearance of the desnudo en azul y verde recostado en una cama naranja y amarilla ha aumentado los temores de que la familia vaya a usar su poder, ahora aumentado, para sofocar descaradamente aún más los esfuerzos para recuperar la riqueza mal habida que saquearon en the past.

Marcos Sr. presided over a government plagued by human rights abuses during his 20-year tenure, including the arrest, torture and murder of his chief opponent. And used his power to plundered some $10 billion until his removal in 1986.

The family kept the funds in overseas bank and estate accounts, while Imelda, the dynasty matriarch, he spent money on an infamous collection of designer shoes, jewelry, artwork, and clothing.

Since then, the family and their sponsors have changed Marcos’ name and misinformation about Marcos Sr.’s government has spread widely on the internet.

Rubén Carranza, former commissioner of the Presidential Commission for Good Government (PCGG), which was set up to investigate and recover ill-gotten wealth, said it was unclear whether the painting was a genuine Picasso.

“Ms. Marcos has a habit of buying fake paintings, as well as lending fake paintings to exhibit”, Carranza said.

But he added: “The fact that she is posting it now not only shows Ms. Marcos’ duplicity, but that she likes to lavish extravagance on Filipinos for them to see…It says something even worse.”

“It shows this really, absolutely indifferent attitude towards Filipinos. Not only now have they been led to believe that [los Marcos] they have gold. Now they are led to believe, once again, that they have so much wealth that they can show it off whenever they want.” Carranza said.

For years there has been speculation on the web that the Marks have large sums of gold, that a wealthy family gave to Marcos Sr. as payment for acting as their lawyer. According to him, the gold would be shared with the people if the family regained power.

Marcos Jr has played down or denied the abuses that occurred in the Philippines under his father. As president, he would have the power to appoint the commissioners of the PCGG, giving him great influence over the body created to recover the family’s ill-gotten wealth.

Apparently, the PCGG recovered about $5 billion, while another $2.4 billion got bogged down in litigationand there are still more to come.

The Picasso was believed to have been seized by the government in 2014, but a former curator, Andrés Bautista, told the Rappler news site, co-founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa, that he believed the painting was a fake. .

“I know personally that what we seized was wrong. It was a tarp, so it’s still with them.”I go to the site.

The Marcos family continues to face dozens of lawsuits for their looted wealth. Imelda is appealing a 2018 criminal conviction on seven counts of corruption.

Marcos Jr’s spokesperson, Atty Vic Rodriguez, did not respond to international media when asked at a press conference whether the artwork displayed in Marcos’ home was genuine .

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