The spokesperson of presumptive president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. did not directly respond if the missing Picasso painting was in the custody of former First Lady Imelda Marcos.
In a press briefing on Friday, Atty. Vic Rodriguez, also Marcos Jr.’s chief of staff, was asked if the Picasso painting spotted on the wall of the residence of the former First Lady is the original painting or just an imitation.
“The allegation is coming from I believe the former chair of the Comelec. You know it’s very easy to be agitating people, making allegation, making accusation when you are thousands of miles away from your motherland,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez also invited former Comelec chairperson Andy Bautista to return to the country.
“If you’re confident enough, make your allegations here in person and so that to be fair to the Filipino people, we can also hold you accountable for the many misdeeds and allegation as to the conduct of the 2016 elections,” Rodriguez added.
Rodriguez repeated his answer when pressed with a similar question.
“We will not follow the narrative and the called allegation of somebody who is thousands of miles away from his motherland. Uwi ho kayo rito, dito nyo gawin yung inyong alegasyon nang sa gayon mapanagot din po namin kayo doon sa napakaraming bintang at alegasyon tungkol sa kung paano ninyo pinatakbo yung 2016 elections,” Rodriguez added.
The Picasso painting in question—the Reclining Woman VI was part of the artworks that the government is trying to recover from the Marcos family.
It was spotted when the Marcos Jr. camp released a photo of the former First Lady together with the president-in-waiting, and incoming Ilocos Norte Rep. Sandro Marcos.