Presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos on Monday addressed claims that his family was in possession of the fabled Yamashita treasure and the so-called "Tallano gold", saying that he had not seen any of these riches.
"Balitang-balita hindi lang sa Pilipinas kundi sa lahat, meron talagang Yamashita gold. Pero sa buong buhay ko hindi pa ako nakakakita ng gold na ganyan," the only son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. told One News.
"Marami akong kilala na kung saan-saan naghuhukay. Pero ako wala pang nakitang kahit anong klaseng gold na sinasabi nila," he added.
Marcos' candidacy had revived interest in the Yamashita treasure, which was the subject of various treasure hunts in the Philippines and abroad.
"Baka may alam sila, sabihan ako. Kailangan ko yung gold. Wala pa akong nakikitang gold," he said in jest.
In a 2018 interview also in One News, Marcos' sister, Sen. Imee Marcos, also said she had "never seen" such treasures. "There was a great deal of well, demonizing I'm afraid, that everything has been stolen," she said.
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