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Thieves Steal Five Paintings From Marcos Mansion

March 2, 1988

LAOAG, Philippines (AP) _ Thieves stole five rare paintings from the hometown mansion of ousted President Ferdinand Marcos, police said Wednesday.

Benjamin Guittab, caretaker of the house in Batac, northern Luzon, said he noticed while cleaning on Wednesday that only the frames remained.

The burglars apparently climbed a tree and crawled in an open window of a second-floor bedroom during the weekend, police said. There were no suspects.

The 4-foot-by-6-foot paintings by 19th century painter Juan Luna, a national hero, had adorned the Marcoses’ living room. Antique collectors and the curator of the Luna shrine near here say the works are priceless.

Batac Mayor Jesus Nalupta said he visited Marcos early this year in Honolulu and the former president asked him to look after the house. Marcos fled to exile in Hawaii following a popular revolt in February 1986 that ended his 20-year authoritarian rule.

Nalupta placed the mansion under tight security Wednesday.

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