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Philippines seizes 15 paintings from Marcos family, part of alleged ill-gotten wealth

Andres Bautista, head of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, shows reporters some of the rare paintings of European masters that are allegedly part of the collection of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos as he meets the press in suburban Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Bautista says the Philippine government has seized at least 15 paintings from the former home of the Marcos, part of efforts to recover 156 artworks included in his alleged ill-gotten wealth. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Andres Bautista, head of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, shows reporters some of the rare paintings of European masters that are allegedly part of the collection of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos as he meets the press in suburban Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Bautista says the Philippine government has seized at least 15 paintings from the former home of the Marcos, part of efforts to recover 156 artworks included in his alleged ill-gotten wealth. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

An official says the Philippine government has seized 15 paintings from the former home of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, part of efforts to recover 156 artworks included in his alleged ill-gotten wealth.

The head of the agency tasked to recover wealth amassed by Marcos during his 20-year rule said Wednesday that the paintings were recovered from his old residence in San Juan city, part of metropolitan Manila.

Andres Bautista said court sheriffs also tried Tuesday to seize paintings from a condominium belonging to Marcos' widow, Imelda. He said they were kept waiting outside for an hour, and when they entered they saw her crying and found only empty walls and hooks that once held paintings.

The 156 paintings reportedly include ones by Van Gogh, Monet, Gauguin and Michelangelo.