I have long been fascinated by the claim that the Philippines is entirely owned by a royal family that lays claim to many millions of tonnes of gold. Who wouldn’t be? Especially since there is no historical record of a Kingdom of Maharlika and a Hacienda Filipina nor a Christian King Lusong who ruled the entire island of Luzon.
There are references all over social media, Youtube and elsewhere to this fantastic haul of riches and royalty. It would be too easy to dismiss the tale as a fantasy, constructed by a fantasist, supported by a semi-religious cult apparently to show that the late Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines secured his family’s massive wealth by some other means than by being paid backhanders by the likes of Westinghouse – which dropped him $18m for saddling his country with the expesnse of building an obsolete nuclear powerstation in an earthquake zone – and his plundering of the national treasury and the gold reserves of the Central Bank of the Philippines, to the tune of $10bn.
That would be an ad-hominem argument and not a proper way to discuss a historical investigation of such importance. One must investigate relevant documents. In this case, there is considerable difficulty in doing so. The proponents of the Tallano gold have been very reluctant to present original documents, of which one in particularly is of such importance to the case that without it, there is no case. It is the sole document that supports the claims.
Today it is referred to as OCT 01-4, issued under the authority of Royal Audencia in Manila while Manila was under control of the East India Company. It is allegedly signed by Dawsonne Drake, then governor of Manila and witnessed by His Highness, George III, King of England.
At least according to a translation presented during several court hearings over the years related to the Tallano estate.
The document itself has never been presented in any court and, for some reason, no-one has sought to have it validated by a forensic document examiner or a historian familiar with the period despite the enormous sums of money and territory involved. So, as of this moment, with a lack of evidence that the original document actually exists we must interrogate what does exist – the certified translation enter into court and presented by the Tallano gold proponents.
At no time have the Tallano gold proponents questioned the translation, or offered an alternative, so it must be accepted as the key document in their arguments since they present no pre-existing document.
An investigation is a journey.
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