Quote of the Day - It is when pirates count their booty that they become mere thieves.
Over an 11-year period, American Phil Greco is alleged to have illegally removed nearly $50M of antiquities from the seas around the Philipines. His lawyer, David Concannon, disputes these allegations in a very interesting rebuttal.
Greco's salvage company, Stallion Recoveries, virtually provides an inventory of the items Greco wants to auction.
One report details his trials and tribulations, and the stakes at issue: "And now, as he goes public with what looks to be an important new find -- seven massive Chinese statues believed to come from tombs dating to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), recovered from a subterranean cave -- Greco also finds himself sitting in the middle of a controversy." according to this Los Angeles Times article.
A Vietnam veteran, Greco claimed in an earlier (August 6, 2003) Los Angeles Times article: "I am not a treasure hunter, archaeologist or explorer. I am a caretaker," he said. "These artifacts have their own message ... I arrange the documents for their travel. They are here [in his living room in Sherman Oaks, California]. I am very proud to be a caretaker."
The author of the latter article, Helen Gao, observed: "As he gave interviews to a stream of reporters, he sucked on a cigar and casually threw the butt into one of the many jars lining his living room."
MIPTC wonders what Philipinos thinks, and invites my latest addition to this site's blogroll, A Sassy Lawyer in Philipine Suburbia to respond and comment.
Whatever happened to Indiana Jones?