Friday, December 11, 2009

The Chronicles of Ferdinand Marcos and Yamashita Treasure

A myth or reality?

I wrote here two stories about this treasure and why it's related to the late former president Marcos.

Yamashita's gold, also referred to as the Yamashita treasure, is the name given to the alleged
loot stolen in Southeast Asia by Japanese forces during World War II and hidden in caves, tunnels and underground complexes in the Philippines. It is named for the Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita, nicknamed "The Tiger of Malaya". Though accounts that the treasure remains hidden in Philippines have lured treasure hunters from around the world for over fifty years, its existence is disputed by most experts.The rumored treasure has been the subject of a complex lawsuit that was filed in a Hawaiian state court in 1988 involving Philippine treasure hunter, Rogelio Roxas, and former Philippines president, Ferdinand Marcos.
(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

A Yamashita treasure map/sketch left and handover by a Japanese General to his Filipino masseur before he was killed last WWII.

Why the former president Marcos was involved in the legendary treasure?

Story I.

In March 1988, a Philippine treasure hunter named Rogelio Roxas filed a lawsuit in the state of Hawaii against the former president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos for theft and human rights abuses. Roxas claimed that in Baguio City in 1961 he met the son of a former member of the Japanese army who mapped for him the location of the legendary Yamashita Treasure. Roxas claimed a second man, who served as Yamashita's interpreter during the Second World War, told him of visiting an underground chamber there where stores of gold and silver were kept, and who told of a golden buddha kept at a convent located near the underground chambers. Roxas claimed that within the next few years he formed a group to search for the treasure, and obtained a permit for the purpose from a relative of Ferdinand, Judge Pio Marcos. In 1971, Roxas claimed, he and his group uncovered an enclosed chamber on state lands near Baguio City where he found bayonets, samurai swords, radios, and skeletal remains dressed in a Japanese military uniform. Also found in the chamber, Roxas claimed, were a three foot high golden colored buddha and numerous stacked crates which filled an area approximately 6 feet x 6 feet x 35 feet. He claimed he opened just one of the boxes, and found it packed with gold bullion. He said he took from the chamber the golden buddha, which he estimated to weigh 1,000 kilograms, and one box with twenty-four gold bars, and hid them in his home. He claimed he resealed the chamber for safekeeping until he could arrange the removal of the remaining boxes which he suspected were also filled with gold bars. Roxas said he sold seven of the gold bars from the opened box, and sought potential buyers for the golden buddha. Two individuals representing prospective buyers examined and tested the metal in the buddha, Roxas said, and reported it was made of solid, 20 carat gold. It was soon after this, Roxas claimed, that President Ferdinand Marcos learned of Roxas' discovery and ordered him arrested, beaten, and the buddha and remaining gold seized. Roxas alleged that in retaliation to his vocal campaign to reclaim the buddha and the remainder of the treasure taken from him, Ferdinand continued to have Roxas threatened, beaten and eventually incarcerated for over a year.
Following his release, Roxas put his claims against Marcos on hold until Ferdinand lost the presidency in 1986. But in 1988, Roxas and the Golden Budha Corporation, which now held the ownership rights to the treasure Roxas claims was stolen from him, filed suit against Ferdinand and wife Imelda in a
Hawaiian state court seeking damages for the theft and the surrounding human rights abuses committed against Roxas. Roxas died on the eve of trial, but prior to his death he gave the deposition testimony that would be later used in evidence. In 1996, the Roxas estate and the Golden Budha Corporation received what was then largest judgment ever awarded in history, $22 billion which with interest increased to $40.5 billion. In 1998, The Hawaii Supreme Court held that there was sufficient evidence to support the jury's finding that Roxas found the treasure and that Marcos converted it. However, the court reversed the damage award, holding that the $22 billion award of damages for the chamber full of gold was too speculative as there was no evidence of quantity or quality, and ordered a new hearing on the value of the golden buddha and 17 bars of gold only.After several more years of legal proceedings, the Golden Budha Corporation obtained a final judgment against Imelda Marcos to the extent of her interest in the Marcos estate in the principal amount of $13,275,848.37 and Roxas’ estate obtained a $6 million judgment on the claim for human right abuse. (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The golden buddha said to be discovered by Rogelio Roxas.

Story II. This account is scary.

In a new book, Gold Warriors: America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold, Seagrave and his co-author (his wife, Peggy) have affirmed virtually all of what The Spotlight reported about Marcos and his rise to power-and of his ultimate ouster, including the reasons why.
But even more than that, the Seagraves have outlined the existence of an extraordinary hidden cache of gold-looted by infamous Japanese warlord Yamashita Tomoyuki from the nations of Asia prior to and during World War II—much of which (but not all) was later seized by American forces and used to fund what was called the Black Eagle Trust, a multi-national covert operations treasure chest utilized during the Cold War and up until, apparently, even today. And yes, Marcos himself recovered a big chunk of the treasure. This was, as The Spotlight said to much criticism, the real source of his wealth.
Big names such as former U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, John J. McCloy, head of the World Bank, General Edward Lansdale and others are just a few of the familiar figures whose roles in the shadowy Black Eagle Trust are recounted by the Seagraves. The tentacles of this massive treasure reach throughout the big banks of the world today and its economic impact has never before been outlined in such amazing detail.
It seems that no American president has been in the dark about the existence of this gold horde—much of which still remains hidden, buried, in the Philippine islands and elsewhere in the Pacific and which is still the subject of wide-ranging treasure hunts.
According to the Seagraves, as late as March 2001—in the early weeks of the newly-minted George W. Bush administration, associates of the Bush family were evidently deeply involved in the treasure-hunting and in efforts to profit from the sale and transfer of the recovered treasure. And what is of particular note is that, so say the Seagraves, two U.S. Navy ships were being utilized in the effort.
What about the Marcos connection? The Spotlight asserted that Marcos’s actual wealth—in unaccounted billions—stemmed from the fact that Marcos had actually recovered a large cache of the hidden gold in the days following the end of World War II. Critics said The Spotlight was wrong and that Marcos had actually stolen billions from his nation’s treasury. Now, however, the Seagraves cite no less an authority than retired General John Singlaub, a vaunted hero of both World War II and Korea who finished up his career as the top U.S. military commander in Korea, dismissed by then-President Jimmy Carter.
Singlaub actually became quite active in the covert American efforts to recover the “Yamashita treasure” and, according to Singlaub, “I knew from past experience that stories of buried Japanese gold in the Philippines were legitimate. Marcos’s $12 billion fortunate actually came from [this] treasure, not skimmed-off U.S. aid. But Marcos had only managed to rake off a dozen or so of the biggest sites. That left well over a hundred untouched.”
This, of course, means that Yamashita’s gold—which amounts to certainly hundreds of billions in value, probably trillions—was a real source of power and influence for Marcos and, in the end, proved not only to be a source of his rise to power, but, ultimately, his undoing.
The Seagraves relate—echoing The Spotlight—that when Marcos demanded a higher-than-usual commission for lending a portion of his gold horde to the Reagan administration in order to prop up a Reagan scheme to manipulate the world gold market, this was the beginning of Marcos’ downfall. As a consequence, then U.S. CIA-Director William Casey set in motion the riots and protests that began creating trouble for Marcos in the streets of Manila.
Although Casey flew to Manila, along with U.S. Treasury Secretary Donald Regen, CIA economist Professor Higdon and an attorney, Lawrence Kreager, to give Marcos a “last chance”, the Philippine nationalist would not buckle. Higdon told Marcos that he would be out of power “in two weeks” for not appeasing the international banking houses and their agents in the American administration.
The Seagraves report that a source close to Marcos advised them that Marcos was then approached by an emissary from David Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission asking Marcos to contribute $54 billion in gold bullion to a so-called “global development fund”. Marcos’ response was to consign the Trilateral demand into a waste basket.
In no short order, of course, Marcos was forced from office and flown to Hawaii with his family where they were held effectively under house arrest. Marcos and his wife told many people—including reporters from The Spotlight—that they had never expected to be taken to Hawaii, that they had, instead, expected to be flown to safety from Manila to Marco’s home island of Ilocos Norte.
In the meantime, billions of dollars worth of gold certificates that the Marcos [couple] had taken with them were confiscated by the U.S. government. But when the Marcoses demanded the return of the certificates, the U.S. said the certificates were “fake”.
In other words, the Reagan administration casually and ruthlessly stole billions from the Marcos, at the same time helping perpetuate the media myth that the Marcos family had stolen billions from their own nation’s treasury.
(And it should be noted, for the historical record, that one of the key behind-the-scenes Reagan administration operatives plotting against Marcos was one Paul Wolfowitz, now internationally known today as one of the prime movers behind the American effort to depose Saddam Hussein—probably no coincidence considering Saddam’s refusal, like Marcos, to surrender his nation’s sovereignty to international banking interests.)
The Seagraves also outline—and this will interest many people—the strange dealings of the John Birch Society (as far back as the mid-1970s) in a scheme to cut business arrangements with the Marcos regime in the marketing of some $20 billion of Marcos’ private gold horde. These deals fell through and, in the end, the Birchers fell out with their partners in the scheme. Evidently Congressman Larry McDonald (D-Ga.), then a leader of the Birch group, was privy to these events and thus evidently knew quite a bit about the international Black Eagle Trust at the time of his death. [The “shoot down” of flight KAL 007 is still surrounded by mystery.]
Considering the fact that The Spotlight was the only American newspaper to honestly report on the behind-the-scenes intrigues that led to the destruction of Ferdinand Marcos, it was no coincidence that after his ouster, Marcos gave The Spotlight several exclusive interviews at his home in exile in Hawaii, pushing The Spotlight to the top of a long list of worldwide newspapers clamoring for the opportunity to interview the fallen leader.
It turns out that, at precisely the time when The Spotlight was interviewing Marcos, a young American CIA operative, Alan Foringer, was deeply involved in the covert operations trying to secure what remained of the Yamashita (and Marcos) gold.
So, it’s probably no coincidence, again, that Foringer popped up at The Spotlight’s offices on a number of occasions, posing as an international businessman. It was only the publication of the Seagrave’s book that exposed precisely who Foringer really was: a CIA figure trying to find out what The Spotlight knew (if anything) about the Marcos treasure. Foringer himself later died under mysterious circumstances, probably a victim of murder.
These are just a few of the revelations appearing in the 332 detail-packed pages of this remarkable new book, one which is thoroughly documented. The Seagraves know that they risked a great deal by bringing out these facts but they say right up front that “if we are murdered, readers will have no difficulty figuring out who ‘they’ are.” (Source: Existence of Secret WWII Gold Horde Confirmed, Exclusive to American Free Press, By Michael Collins Piper,

There are many reports in the world wide web that would link Marcos and Yamashita treasure. There are critics saying everything is fictitious.
I did not intend to connect CIA to my story and to undermine the US government. In fact, I don't know if this is a real one. I published it here in my page just to share this and it's up to my reader if he will believe or not.
And where did I get the idea to write about this?
I love conspiracy theories and mysterious reports. Google is such a big help.

Japanese troops during WWII


  1. The golden buddha said to be discovered by Rogelio Roxas.

  2. Yes that's right, Rogelio Roxas found it but Marcos men took it from him. That was where the Marcoses got the money. He never took the wealth of the Philippine treasury.- oliver

  3. Hi, My name is John Foringer, and I am the brother of Alan Robert Foringer, whom the Spotlight Article identifies as a CIA agent. That may be true, but my family never knew it if it was. I have been researching my brother's life and death since July 14, 2001. I haven't been able to disprove what I have read about him, but neither have I discovered concrete facts, which would validate that it was true.

    What I do know is that in the effort to try to prove wrong many side bar facets of these stories that center around my brother I have discovered many of them to be true. I'm sure someone more objective than a brother who never knew what was detailed about his older brother's "secret" life would easily come to the conclusion that Alan was in the CIA, but I am still hanging onto the hope that I will meet someone that can truly confirm it. I do know that my brother loved his country, and I believe that he was caught up into something that near his death he regretted.

    While I find Sterling Seagreave's works exhaustive, and they paint a very clear picture of this story, I know that he has some contacts that could likely prove my brother's affiliations. He is a confidante that sources can rely upon, as I have asked him to help me, and he has, but falls short of giving me a name that I could talk to know the truth. I do not fault him here.

    I have through my research come to discount any information that originates from Robert Curtis. He was a business partner of my brother's and I do have proof that he could not be trusted to keep a secret, and I believe that his loose lips could have contributed to my brother's death. He has been accused of being a con-man and I believe this is true.

    I know that you just happended upon this story but it just happens to be very close to me and I just wanted to share some of my thoughts with you as well. If you choose to post my comment, thanks for doing so.

    Best regards,

    1. Hi John, I have just read your comment and I am thankful for that. I could not believe that one person who is close to someone in the story will make a comment here...aside from the story that I have posted, I have no other information to share, but I would love to hear from you and I will make another story about it :) Oliver

    2. Hi John, i do not know you but I have some documents which might be helpful. Your brother lived for awhile with the family of Cesar Mitra and Lita Mitra in Mandaluyong...I cannot divulge more but if you text me 0922-888-5202, 09279274438..or email me : friend Mr.Cesar Mitra is still alive...Lita is your brothers friend...I heard that your brother was a very kind man...i can scan/mail some of the documents ..maybe this is history already because it happened along time ago...

  4. huwag na kayong magtalo..... malinaw na maraming gold bars, diamonds, black diamonds, gold buddahs (x100 different sizes of buddahs with diamonds inside the stomach of the budahs) with diamonds ang marcos dahil sa yamashita treasures... and sa akin lang,,, sana naman magpamahagi ang pamilya ni former president marcos ng pangbayad ng utang ng Pilipinas sa world bank,,, then bigyan nila ng tig-lilimang milyong pesong cash(5,000,000.00) ang bawat isang pamilya na ninirahan sa bansang Pilipinas... HARINAWA'Y MAIISIP NG MGA NAULILANG PAMILYA NI FERDINAND MARCOS ITONG IDEA NA ITO... ITO PO ANG UNA KONG MASASABI,,,,,,, MARAMING MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT PO SA INYO,,, KAYO PO'Y ISANG DAKILANG NILALANG,,, AT PATNUBAYAN PO SANA KAYO LAGI NG ATING POONG MAY KAPAL...

    1. It can be done. The money is deposited in their swiss accounts. However, before the wealth can be withdrawn. The representative must be a relative of the marcos family and they can only be taken out the use of the money is for the good of the Philippines. Thats why no one wants to get it. Because most of the reason why they want it is for corruption purposes. I don't have the full data on the terms and agreement on how it can be taken out but, these are the two major qualifications for the Philippines to get the money back. A legit cause that is for the good of the Philippines. Dont be fooled on what your seeing on your tv set.

    2. kung ikaw ang nakahanap ng treasure.??? what would you do.??? gagawin mo b lahat ng mga sinabi mo.??

  5. I have heard the story that, whoever is holding this treasure, is "spreading the wealth around." Giving portions out to many families in the Philippines. I guess Obama would love those folks, unless he wants a large portion for himself? I bet the rumor about the Gold Certificates being fakes is not true, though there may have been some counterfeits made, because "someone" doesn't want all that loot in the common peoples hands.

  6. Wala pong black diamond! Kapag ang diamond ay nagkulay black ay uling po yan. Diamond is pure carbon atom bonded in a unique arangement. Ang black diamond ay alyas sa ONYX na isang rare black pearl na ang halaga nito ay katumbas din ng diamond. Nakakita na ako ng picture ng ONYX sa isang Marcos treasure holder at ito'y naibenta na sa Brunei kasama ng mga Platinum bars.
    Happy hunting to all.

    1. Onyx isn't expensive.. neither onyx is a pearl..

  7. Ipapamigay daw po yang mga treasuresna yan sa sambayang pilipino pagdating ng tamang panahon! nakalagay napo iyan sa last will and testamnent ni APO ferdinand Marcos..

    1. Maybe we just have to wait for Bongbong to win the highest position?

  8. America was alarmed in Marcos Presidency and good governance that someday Philippines will take the spotlight from them, that's why America make a move to let former late president Marcos meets his downfall, and the "FAKE" democracy comes in. The Philippines is a fooled nation. =) I'm a Filipino and this is a fact. They brainwashed the Citizens of the Philippines to recant to their government. Philippine needs to have a president that would make this nation great again. Thank you and have a nice day. :)

  9. Yamashita Gold Bars were melted and converted by Marcos into Gold Coins (bearing his image) in 5000, 1000, 1500 pesos denominations. Now Marcos victims are melting these commemorative gold coins( reported close to 5,000 pieces melted) as a form of protest.

  10. I have read some articles about two birds in one stone," plot",The Cia do not want Ninoy to be President,because he is a communist,(I don't consider them devils,Just a part of political system or governance),and Marcos rejecting the offer of the Trilateral Commission),Marcos ousted,Ninoy dead.Danding Richer.Thank's to the Cia.Next thing is the witch hunt,and another chaos,to seek the loot.But Marcos is much clever,than all of them.....
    We need a very strong President,it is time for BBM to enter the ring,Binay is already playing a saint,just like FVR,before the election,he remove his horns,after ,all government asset was sold by this man,he really have long horns,longer than HELLboy.It is TIME for REFORMS..BBM..WE will SUPPORT your candidacy.

  11. WHO IS BBM ? what about the CB, do you thinks it only FVR, who sold billions of asset of the Pilipino People ? what you know about your story, I' am interested to know you and help the country economic problem,, What I' know we need UNITY of the entire Pilipino people..

  12. Jacq Varra , July 21, 8:30 a.m., tremendous amount, Ferdinand E. Marcos the greatest and the brightest man that ever lived. he was called APO means he is the beginning and the end. 9. 4. 6. almighty god gold bullion-Triple A. Nostradamus predicts 3rd anti christ will be coming from the Far East, his name is "Mabus", young, very rich, and very powerful, Prediction Hister for Hitler, Mabus for Marcos, Is it related?

    1. are u friggin high on drugs?

  13. THe Filipinos, loyalist or not, should unite or our gold in the US will be lost.Germany tried to get its gold from the US but it can't. It has only 3000 tons while we have 200,000 metric tons there.

    Read this:

  14. am from palawan. we have discovered site in the town of rizal. we need sub surface interface radar, please allow us to borrow. hati-hati tau in equal shares.

  15. thanks for this site its timely, am ronnie the one from Palawan in need of SSIR. Mobile: 09382159741

  16. think you can still keep your gold from America....most of the gold have been stolen during the man made typhoon..************ring a bell'''''''''''''''''''''''''yes the;re dominating....

  17. mag ingat ang lahat may mas malakas pa kay yolanda na bagyo gawa nang sattelite yan.

  18. Ang itsura po ba ng black diamond pghindi pa po pinapakinis e glass like na o mukang bato lng? And if you put it on water there is something different?

  19. What I have learned is that the Yamashita Treasures originally owned by the Philippines. During Lapu-Lapu's time, the achipelago was so rich in gold. That even the slaves got their own gold - from earrings to necklace to bracelet, etc. But when the Spaniards came led by Ferdinand Magellan, Magellan called the archipelago Filipinas or Philippines in English translation. named after and in honor for the King Felipe or Philip of Spain. Eventually, they stole the Philippine gold and brought it to Spain. But when they were sailing, a group of japanese attacked them, led by Yamashita. Then the Japanese stole all gold from the spaniards which were orginally owned by the Filipino people. some gold, Yamashita made it to gold bars which had an embossed written on its right side "YAMASHITA". some gold he made into Golden Buddha.

  20. Oh my goodness, this things doesn't make any sense at all........

  21. No...doesnt make sense.not at all. but the question is, did marcos stole the peoples money or what? lets compare the marcoses to our present politicians...shall we?

  22. sa akin lang parang wala na bang patutongohan ang bansang pilipinas na to..kay dating Ferdinand Marcos na Protectahan pa ang yaman ng bansa..ngayon maramin nagmiminang taga ibang bansa,mataas ang corruption,maraming laboratory ng Drugs,ang Mayaman lalong Yumayaman at ang mahirap lalong naghirap..parang fake naman ang EDSA karamihan daw binayaran lang ng gustong Maghari at magpayaman,mga treasure nating mga Dagat at Bondok at mga treasure sa paligid ng Buong Bansa tinitreasure lang ng mga Dayuhan..paano na ang Pilipinas sa Darating Panahon?kawawang Pilipino..saan na si Jose Rizal,Andres Bonifacio,cLapu lapu at iba pa..