Booty and the Beast
- 22 boxes of pesos valued (then) at $1.4 million
- a gold crown studded with diamonds
- three tiaras
- an emerald brooch
- 60 pearl necklaces — enough pearls to cover an area 12 feet by four feet
- a heavily bejeweled ivory statue
- 65 gold watches
- 35 jewel-studded rings
- several gold bars
- 1,500 documents and ledgers, constituting what Stephen Solarz called “an encyclopedia of corruption.” Among the papers:
- Secret Presidential Decree 731, dated June 7, 1975, where Marcos designates Imelda his successor should anything happen to him
- A November 1981 memo from Marcos to the head of the Philippine National Bank ordering him to transfer P20 million to “Philippine intelligence fund account no. 2 established for confidential intelligence purposes.”
- A list of expenses paid from that intelligence account in 1981, including $200,000 for “official visit of the First Lady to Iraq” and $252,000 for “various expenses incurred in connection with the official trip of the President to Cancun, Mexico”. According to Solarz, Imelda used the “Philippine intelligence budget as the equivalent of an American Express card”
- A one-page memo outlining “total interest, 1974 and 1975 only”, listing $30 million in two Swiss banks, one Paris bank and another in Grand Cayman
- A one-page list of “accounting of commissions received from Westinghouse”, which totals $11.2 million between 1976 and 1982
- A listing of precious gems on stationery of Olemir Trading Co., New York, detailing various gems and their prices, with the reminder that “pieces can be returned if price for you is too high”
- Documents detailing deposit certificates and bearer bonds worth $4 million, most of which were bought in the two days before the Marcoses fled
- Stock transfer deeds, bank documents, financial information about five Philippine hotels and “payments made directly to Mr. and Mrs. Marcos for disaster relief projects”
- A printout, dated 1982, purporting to detail payments to US political campaigns, including those of Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter in 1980.
So let that be a lesson: when you pack for a sudden trip, always have a checklist.
At that moment, the presidential pilots had deserted the Palace.
A number of the Presidential Security Command personnel had changed their uniforms into civilians and disappeared without a word.
Even General Ver started to go around his officers to bid them goodbye, although it was not exactly
clear why he was saying goodbye to them.
He died there in 1989. Meanwhile, a new government took over to start the arduous and tortuous journey to restore democracy in the country.