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Exiled Philippines President Said To Be House Hunting

March 3, 1986

HONOLULU (AP) _ Ferdinand Marcos, still living on an Air Force base, is negotiating to buy a beachfront property in an area where homes range from $400,000 to more than $4 million, an opponent of the exiled Philippines president says.

The opponent, Gil Ramos, said he had been contacted by friends working in the real estate office that is handling the deal, but he refused to identify the real estate company involved.

″They are negotiating to acquire a Kahala property. This is definite,″ Ramos said Sunday. ″It’s still in the works.″

Prices of homes in the Kahala area, which is near Diamond Head and adjacent to the Waialae Country Club, site of the Hawaiian Open, range from $400,000 to more than $4 million.

There was no word from the 89-member Marcos entourage about when they might leave Hickam Air Force Base, where they have been living since Wednesday. Marcos said Friday he would leave Hickam as soon as arrangements had been made to lease or rent a private residence.

Gov. George Ariyoshi, who has invited Marcos to stay in Hawaii, said Sunday he had spoken with the Marcos party several times, but he did not know when they might leave the base.

″There are many things to be clarified, including the relationship of the family to the United States and their status here,″ he said.

Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi has suggested that Marcos consider buying or leasing Coconut Island in Kaneohe Bay, which is listed for $8.75 million. The 12-acre island was used in the introduction to the television show ″Gilligan’s Island.″

Government officials have yet to announce the status of a planeload of possessions of Marcos and his entourage, said to contain millions in cash, jewelry, weapons and sensitive documents.

Dennis Murphy, a spokesman for U.S. Customs in Washington, said Sunday the inventory had been completed and the possessions were being held temporarily.

″At some point down the road, we plan to release the categories of merchandise that were on the plane,″ he said.

Reagan Administration officials in Washington, speaking on condition they not be identified, confirmed published reports that the baggage included about $1.1 million worth of Philippine pesos and boxes of jewels.

Many members of the Marcos party were allowed to shop without charge at the Andersen Air Force Base post exchange on Guam for clothing, toiletries and food, said Air Force Maj. Gen. E.G. Shuler. Guam was the first stop for Marcos after leaving the Philippines aboard a U.S. military jet as Corazon Aquino replaced him as president following a military-backed mutiny.

State Department and White House officials would not comment on a report that documents found in the luggage of former Marcos military chief Gen. Fabian Ver related to charges that U.S. military aid was funneled by the Marcos regime through a phony corporation.

The Aquino government is taking legal steps to recover property it says Marcos stole, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, which is representing the new administration.

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