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Sep 21, 2018, 16 tweets

THREAD: Part of former first lady Imelda Marcos’ jewelry collection that could have benefited the country and the Filipino people if only the funds to acquire them were used for programs and projects, according to the Presidential Commission on Good Government. #NeverForget

The collection, which was left behind by the family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at Malacañang when they fled during the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution, was proven to be purchased using ill-gotten wealth. #NeverAgain

This costs almost 15% of the total budget of the construction of Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit-Line 2.

The yellow gold is equivalent to the support for 310 indigenous family beneficiaries of the Pantawin Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

This diamond's price is equivalent to the combined construction of Bicol International Airport and the renovation of Sanga-Sanga (Tawi-Tawi) airport.

This tiara can provide housing to 1,200 homeless beneficiaries.

This could provide 12,400 seedlings for reforestation and agroforestry projects.

These are equivalent to as much as 52,631 textbooks for Grade 11 and 12 students based on 2016 computation.

This could fund for full immunization of 20,000 children plus 17,600 pneumococcal vaccines to senior citizens and infants.

This tiara can finance the college education (tuition for 4 years) of 2,000 students in a Philippine state university.

This is equivalent to the annual income of 15 Filipinos on average.

This could provide electricity to approximately 2,252 households in off-grid areas.

This tiara can fund the treatment of 12,052 cases of tuberculosis until their full recovery.

This coronet is worth eight classrooms in the Philippines.

This can support 1,726 agrarian reform beneficiaries by building farming capacities, providing access to services and developing enterprises.

CORRECTION: These are part of a collection that was seized by the US Bureau of Customs upon the Marcoses’ arrival in Hawaii in 1986.

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