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Yamashita’s Treasure at Bacuit Bay
« on: May 03, 2013, 01:00:19 PM »
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    « Reply #1 on: May 03, 2013, 01:01:10 PM »
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  • In Palawan, Philippines, Bacuit Bay is an island that on its own should be considered a treasure. Bacuit Bay is small, yet boasts a legendary story about Tomoyuki Yamashita’s lost treasures. A decorated general for the Japanese Army, it is speculated that Yamashita hid treasure in the caves of Bacuit Bay in the 1940s. Yamashita obtained his treasures by looting many bordering countries during the 30s until World War II.
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    « Reply #2 on: May 03, 2013, 01:02:11 PM »
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  • Yamashita’s treasures includes loot from Malaysia, India, Thailand and Burma, which were all shipped to the Philippines prior to their final destination—Japan. Unfortunately for Yamashita, Japan surrendered while he was still in the Philippines. Prior to being captured and hung, Yamashita hid his treasure in 172 different places on the island. He and his crew assumed they would eventually come back for the treasure. Some sources estimate that Yamashita’s treasures could be worth billions today.
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    « Reply #3 on: May 03, 2013, 01:03:16 PM »
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  • In the 70s, Rogelio Roxas found part of the treasure. Unfortunately President Ferdinand Marcos confiscated his findings and the remaining treasure located in that particular tunnel. Roxas sued and was awarded $22 billion dollars. Although the Marcos and Roxas family continue to battle in court, based on the story, there are more caves filled with Yamashita’s other treasures. -- http://listverse.com/
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  • Rogelio "Roger" Domingo Roxas (died May 25 1993) was a former Filipino soldier who had worked as a locksmith before allegedly discovering in a cave north of Manila a hidden chamber full of gold bars and a giant golden Buddha statue — which Roxas estimated to weigh one metric ton — on a plot of state-owned land near Baguio General Hospital, in Baguio City on January 24 1971. Roxas claimed that the Buddha's head was removable and that it concealed a hollowed-out portion within the statue that contained at least two handfuls of uncut diamonds. The cache was alleged to be a portion of the legendary Yamashita treasure. --Wiki
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  • On April 5 1971, Roxas claimed that armed men purportedly from the National Bureau of Investigation and the Criminal Investigation Service forcibly confiscated the gold bars and statue from his home in Aurora Hill, Baguio City. On April 19 1971, the military deposited a Buddha statue at the Baguio City Court; however, Roxas proclaimed that it was not the same statue taken from him. Roxas later claimed that then-President Ferdinand Marcos orchestrated the raid and was in possession of the treasure. Roxas was arrested in Cabanatuan City by three men in civilian clothing on May 18, 1971 and jailed for several years. --Wiki
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  • Yamashita's gold, also referred to as the Yamashita treasure, is the name given to the alleged war 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 dismissed 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 a Filipino treasure hunter, Rogelio Roxas, and the former Philippine president, Ferdinand Marcos. --Wiki
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  • FERDINAND MARCOS’ GOLD BUDDHA
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    A Filipino man finds a solid gold Buddha, then it’s stolen, possibly by Ferdinand Marcos.



    Roger Roxas with Buddha


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    From 1965 to 1986, Ferdinand Marcos ruled the Philippines—first as an elected leader, then as a dictator.  By the time Marcos was deposed, his personal wealth was estimated at $10 billion.  Few dared to challenge Marcos publicly.  But on May 5, 1971, a man named Roger Roxas defied Marcos and went public with a daring accusation.  He accused the dictator’s soldiers of stealing a rare, solid gold Buddha worth millions.
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  • Roger uncovered treasue in underground tunnels


    In 1970, Roger Roxas and his family lived 200 miles north of Manila on the Philippine island of Luzon.  On weekends, Roger spent his time treasure hunting with a large group of Filipinos.  One of Roger’s fellow treasure hunters was Albert Fuchigami.  Albert had been shown a treasure map by his father, who was an officer in the Japanese Army during World War II.  The map pinpointed the location of a secret tunnel system where the Japanese had left behind a fortune in gold bars.  Roger was confident his friend was telling the truth:

    “We were friends for a long time before he told me that he knew of a hidden treasure.  He revealed to me what he knew about the tunnels.  I had very high hopes because Fuchigami was the son of a Japanese soldier.”
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    « Reply #10 on: May 03, 2013, 06:43:27 PM »
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  • Roger Roxas and Albert hired a crew to excavate the site.  In the first few minutes of digging, they found a layer of Japanese shrapnel.  A few weeks later, the crew broke through into the tunnels, which the Japanese had apparently dynamited shut.  The tunnel system was elaborate, complete with railroad tracks.  They found that one explosion had blocked all access to the main underground passageway.  Undaunted, they dug around it.  Roger Roxas was the first to enter:

    “To my surprise, I found several Japanese skeletons.  There must have been more than 10.”

    Roger had stumbled upon a forgotten tomb.  It was there, that he made a shocking discovery.  Sitting in the cavity was a large solid gold statue of Buddha.  Roger and Albert were stunned.  While their crew attempted to move the 2,000 pound Buddha, the two explorers ventured further inside the tunnel.  Just as the map had predicted, there were boxes and boxes of solid gold bars.  Roxas and Fuchigami decided to dynamite the tunnel to hide the treasure.  They planned to sell the Buddha to buy trucks and equipment so they could comeback and get the gold out of the tunnel.
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    « Reply #11 on: May 03, 2013, 06:45:00 PM »
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  • Roger took the Buddha home.  A potential buyer confirmed that the Buddha was solid gold.  After the buyer left, Roger and his brother decided to take a closer look at the Buddha.  Roger had noticed that the buyer paid particular attention to the Buddha’s neck:

    “My brother and I had a suspicion that there was an opening inside the Buddha. We got a piece of wood and we hit the Buddha several times with this piece of wood.”



    Roger with Buddha, head removed


    According to Roger, there were handfuls of diamonds inside the Buddha.  Some were rough-cut and some fine.  Roger hid the diamonds in a closet.  That night, Roger’s brother took pictures of Roger with the Buddha.  Roger thought the pictures might protect him, but he was wrong.  News of his discovery had already spread all the way to the President’s palace in Manila.
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  • Although the Philippines was a democracy, Ferdinand Marcos, along with his wife, Imelda, ruled like a king with an iron hand and brute force.  Two months after Roger brought the Buddha home, soldiers invaded his house.  The red ribbons on their rifles indicated that they were members of President Marcos’ elite Palace Guard.  Then out of nowhere, the potential buyer appeared.  Roger had been double-crossed:

    “They took everything, even the piggy banks of my children. Whatever my wife inherited, all her jewelry, all the diamonds in the closet.  They took all of it. If we had fought back, they would just have killed us.”
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  • The next day, Roger and his brothers reported the incident to the local police.  Then he went to visit Judge Pio Marcos, a family friend:

    “I told him, judge, why did you let them confiscate my treasure, we’re friends.  He said, Roger there is nothing that I can do.  I said why?  He said because the prince asked for it.  I said who’s the prince.  And he said the prince, President Marcos.”

    According to Roger, the judge warned him that Marcos had put a price on his head.  Roger and his family fled to an isolated jungle village to hide.
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  • While Roger remained secluded, Filipino  reporters had already gotten a hold of the story.  Marcos allowed the press to view the Buddha.  But his political opponents felt that Marcos had substituted a fake.  They wanted to embarrass Marcos, so they tracked down Roger and convinced him to return to Manila to identify the Buddha.  Marcos was outraged.  Once again, Roger went into hiding.  But according to Roger, two weeks later he was tracked down by the Palace Guard:

    “Three men approached me and pointed their guns at me.  They knew me.  They told me Roger, come with us in the car, we will bring you to Manila.  I could not escape.  I couldn’t escape.  I knew they were soldiers.  They had guns.  They called the palace and they were speaking English.  I knew that it was Marcos they were talking to because they addressed him as Mr. President.  Marcos must have asked them, are you sure it is Roger Roxas that you captured.  And they said yes, we’re sure.”
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  • The soldiers locked Roger in a hotel and tortured him until he signed a paper stating that he was paid off to lie about the Buddha.  The soldiers also wanted Roger to tell them where the gold was hidden.  He was tortured daily for several weeks.  But Roger had no intentions on telling the soldiers anything:

    “I made a promise to Mr. Fuchigami. I told him even if they to kill me, I will not tell them where the tunnel is.”

    Eventually, Roger was allowed to see his family:

    “My wife was crying.  She was surprised.  And she said what is happening to you.  You know they might kill you.  And I said just pray, and then the soldiers took me again.”
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  • After the brief visit with his family, Roger was taken back to the same hotel where he had been tortured.  But this time, he managed to escape through a window in the restroom.  After fleeing the hotel, Roger Roxas went into hiding.  He never saw the golden Buddha again.

    At least two witnesses claim to have seen the Buddha at one of Marcos’ summer palaces.  Ferdinand Marcos died in 1989, but rumors persist that his family still has the golden Buddha.

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