Stolen Religious Antique Icons Sold through Internet

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Stolen Religious Antique Icons Sold through Internet


Byline: : MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR.

CEBU CITY Religious icons stolen in Cebu and Bohol were reportedly auctioned off to international antique buyers through the Internet.

Noting that rampant church robberies took place in the different towns of Cebu and Bohol in the past few days, sources said that pictures of several religious antique statues were allegedly posted in the Internet for auction purposes, while more icons were allegedly offered to online buyers.

Online auctions, just like any auction, offer sellers the opportunity to post pictures and descriptions of their goods online, including the price of the items.

Potential buyers around the world then look over the list of auctioned goods and start bidding.

The person who offers the highest bid gets the item after paying through wire transfer or other payment moods.

But as police and church officials intensified its campaign against church robbers, pictures of the antique icons were immediately pulled out of the online auctions, sources told the Manila Bulletin.

Over the weekend, hundreds of antique icons were found in a rented apartment of antique dealer Rory Bacus on Bonturis St., barangay Basak, this city. This came a day after police intercepted a pack of icons ready for shipment abroad.

Although policemen got hold of the 10 icons they had intercepted, Cebu City Police Office Intelligence Chief Bienvenido Premne said they cannot confiscate the icons they found in the apartment nor arrest Bacus because they have no proof yet that these were stolen. …

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