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Yamashita treasure, katotohanan o kathang-isip?

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KUNG paniniwalaan natin si Jimmy Licauco, isang psychic at kapwa ko columnist sa Philippine Daily Inquirer, talagang merong Yamashita treasure at ito ang nagpayaman sa pamilya Marcos.

Nakausap ko si Jimmy matapos lumabas ang balita na sinabi ng dating first lady na si Imelda Marcos na puwede niyang bayaran ang lahat ng foreign debt ng bansa sa takdang panahon.

“Mon, I want to consult you whether to reveal what I know about the Marcos gold which appeared in today’s PDI page A2, which was personally told to me by Swedish (sic) psychic Olof Jonsson in 1987. Olof was the psychic hired by Marcos to find the Yamashita treasure. But Olof died already. Can i call you? Jimmy.”

Ang note na nasa itaas ay ipinadala sa in-yong lingkod ni Jimmy Licauco noong Huwebes.

Si Licauco, na sumulat ng maraming libro tungkol sa extrasensory perception (ESP) at mga kababalaghan, na nakausap niya si Jonsson.

Ayon kay Jimmy, sinabi sa kanya ni Jonsson na nadiskubre ng diktador na si Ferdinand Marcos ang Yamashita treasure sa pamamagitan ng kanyang “reading” o pagbabasa gamit ang kanyang angking psychic power.

Ang Yamashita treasure, na pinaniniwalaan na nakulimbat ng Japanese Imperial Army Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita sa Southeast Asia noong World War II, ay nakita raw ni Marcos sa Baguio at ibang kalapit na lugar, ayon kay Licauco as told to him by Jonsson.

Nahuli si Yamashita ng mga sundalong Amerikano at mga ge-rilyang Pinoy sa Baguio, nilitis dahil sa diumano’y war crimes, at binitay sa Los Baños, Laguna noong Pebrero 23, 1946.

“Jimmy, yumaman ba si Jonsson dahil sa kanyang tip kay Marcos kung saan matatagpuan ang Yamashita treasure?,” tanong ko kay Licauco.

Sagot ni Jimmy: Tumakas si Jonsson sa bansa matapos niyang matunugan na ililigpit siya ni Marcos upang siya’y tumahimik.

Siyempre, bilang isang journalist skeptical ako tungkol kay Jonsson kaya’t tiningnan ko sa Google ang kanyang pangalan.

Ang sumusunod ay isang article tungkol kay Jonsson na lumabas noong May 24, 1998 sa Chicago Tribune na isinulat ni Meg McSherry Breslin:

“Olof Jonsson may have lived a relatively ordinary life as a Chicago engineer had it not been for some unusual habits.

“He could answer questions before they were asked, predict events for friends with unbelievable accuracy and even solve murder mysteries by re-creating the crime scene in his mind.

“Mr. Jonsson’s psychic abilities eventually made him an internationally known figure, the subject of a book and numerous magazine articles and scientific papers and a constant source of fascination.

“Despite such fame, he remained in his job as an engineer with the Chicago architectural firm Schmidt, Garden and Erikson for nearly two decades. He served in Chicago until 1980, when he moved to Las Vegas.

“Mr. Jonsson died in May 11 in Las Vegas at age 79.

“Mr. Jonsson did establish an international reputation as a young man growing up in his native Sweden. After a small town in Sweden had a bizarre murders in which 12 women were brutally slain, police authorities contacted Mr. Jonsson, who had detailed vision of the crimes and the murderer.

After Mr. Jonsson identified the suspect as a young policeman, the officer confessed the crimes in a suicide note.

“Mr. Jonsson later told the Tribune that the situation disturbed and depressed him, and he swore to never again get involved in solving violent crimes.

“Yet, throughout his life, he continued to try helping people when he could, sometimes assisting in searches for missing children and occasionally acting as a healer for the chronically ill. Mr. Jonsson also worked to help create more acceptance of parapsychology in the scientific community.”

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Dear readers, kung totoong nakausap ni Jimmy Licauco si Olof Jonsson tungkol sa Yamashita treasure, ang sinasabi ni Imelda na naging super-rich ang mga Marcos dahil sa treasure at kaya ni Imelda na bayaran ang foreign debt ng bansa sa mga libu-libong toneladang ginto na nakatago sa ibang panig ng mundo, ay maaaring hindi kathang-isip lamang niya kundi katotohanan!

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