"She can afford to buy her own jewelry with her hard-earned money thank you very much." This is what Angel Locsin has to say to those accusing Kris Aquino of "stealing" Imelda Marcos' jewelry as she shared an Inquirer news report about the issue on Instagram Stories.
According to the Inquirer article, former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno warned those spreading this rumor without proof that they may face criminal cases. She added that Kris "stealing" the jewelry, which comes from stolen wealth, is impossible according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and PCGG (Presidential Commission on Good Government).
"Simula ngayon, kukuhanan na namin ng screenshots ang lahat ng magko-comment ng ganito, pati ang profile details niyo, at ipadadala sa Bangko Sentral, sa PCGG, at sa sinisiraan niyong tao."
According to Inquirer, Kris herself said these rumors were false back in 2016.
So, where are the "Marcos jewels"?
The jewels are under the care of the PCGG and the BSP. In 2016, PCGG even launched a virtual exhibit "to raise public awareness on the two-decade plunder of the Marcoses during Martial Law."
According to The Official Gazette, the official journal of the Republic of the Philippines, the exhibit featured "selected pieces of the Hawaii jewelry collection—one of the three massive jewelry collections hoarded by Marcoses. This collection was seized by the US Bureau of Customs upon the Marcoses' arrival in Hawaii in 1986, and is currently stored at the BSP under the commission's [PCGG] custody." In 2016, the PCGG said the ill-gotten jewels are worth more than a billion pesos.