Protests at the town of Mauban in Quezon, Philippines have forced the government to order the shutdown of a private excavation seeking the fabled WWII Yamashita’s Treasure.
Woes in hunt for Yamashita’s gold
The Straits Times, 27 September 2011
Yamashita treasure hunt halted
Philippine Inquirer, 14 September 2011
Excerpt from the article from the Straits Times:
For decades, treasure hunters have been searching the Philippines for a vast trove of war loot believed to have been hidden in caves and secret tunnels by Japanese troops before their surrender in World War II.
Fact or fanciful legend, Yamashita’s gold – named after the Japanese general who led a desperate last stand in the Philippines – still casts an unbreakable spell.
So residents in the hilly coastal town of Mauban, long rumoured to contain a trove of Yamashita’s gold, were not surprised when treasure hunters arrived in February to excavate a plot of private land.
This month, scores of angry locals marched to Mauban’s municipal hall demanding the digging be stopped. The Sept 14 protest highlighted how the obsessive search for long-ago treasure has caused modern-day problems.
Unlike many digs and wreck dives for Yamashita’s gold, this one was legal. Cabanisas Credit Corp, the Manila-based company doing the excavations, had a government permit to hunt for treasure.
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