Auction off Imelda Jewels
The proposal of the Department of Tourism on public display as a tourist attraction the infamous million-peso-worth jewelry of former first lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos now in government custody, allegedly part of the allege ill-gotten wealth is ill-advised. We do not see the rationale behind this purported move before it is auctioned off to generate cash for our national government. Should it be done, it will only add more pains, though they somehow deserve it, to the already battered 20-years PFM – Imelda conjugal dictatorship, whose “crimes” has been featured every now and then in the past 26 years in broadsheets and broadcast outlets.
The planned exhibit of these jewelries will also and certainly expose Philippine government’s perceived weakness and glaring incompetence in the effective prosecution of alleged plunders – the rich, powerful, the famous and the influential personalities in our country. If indeed the alleged ill-gotten jewelry of Imelda had been proven to be so, why do these jewels not be auctioned off soonest instead of displaying them to tourists and for what, so that the proceeds can be used to finance the on-going agrarian reform projects, where this should go as per mandate of the PCGG charter ?
Surprisingly if indeed these are ill-gotten why is Imelda Romualdez Marcos still free enjoying life like an ordinary innocent, sinless soul? Should she not be in prison instead?
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