General Yamashita’s lost gold: The Unsolved Mysteries of South-east Asia

Published Date: 15-05-2022

Synopsis: In this special series, The Straits Times dives into some of the greatest unsolved mysteries in South-east Asia, and examines the underlying issues that they exposed. In this episode, we follow the trail of fabled treasure stashed in tunnels and caves by retreating Japanese soldiers who found themselves with nowhere else to go as World War II drew to a close. ST correspondent Raul Dancel speaks to Mr Arnel Cruz, spokesman of the Treasure Hunters Association of the Philippines, and archaeologist Jose Eleazar Bersales. He also interviewed political analyst Lucio Pitlo III and retired US Navy officer Manny Paez, who was with a team of experts commissioned by the History Channel for a series on the mysterious buried treasure. Highlights (click/tap above): (Headphones recommended) 02:21 General Tomoyuki Yamashita's capture and conviction 04:58 Mr Rogelio Roxas, a common locksmith, discovers a golden Buddha in a network of tunnels 06:19 Word of Mr Roxas’ find reaches the ears of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos 08:59 Mr Manny Paez believes the missing golden Buddha is sitting inside a luxury apartment in New York 13:19 Mr Lucio Pitlo says it might be difficult to recover the dictator's plundered wealth if his son becomes the president 15:25 Mr Arnel Cruz claims there are 17 more golden Buddhas still waiting to be found 16:14 Filipinos' indiscriminate treasure hunting is hurting the country, says Professor Jose Eleazar Bersales Produced by: Tan Jia Ning (, Raul Dancel (, Magdalene Fung (, Ernest Luis and Teo Tong Kai Edited by: Teo Tong Kai Follow The Unsolved Mysteries Of South-east Asia podcast series here every third Tuesday of the month till July: Unsolved Mysteries Playlist: Apple Podcasts: Spotify: Google Podcasts: SPH Awedio app: Website: Feedback to: Read Raul Dancel's articles: --- Follow Asian Insider Podcast channel: Channel: Apple Podcasts: Google Podcasts:  Spotify: --- Discover ST's special edition podcasts: Singapore's War On Covid: The Unsolved Mysteries of South-east Asia Embed: Stop Scams: --- Discover more ST podcast series: In Your Opinion Podcast: SG Extra Podcast:  Asian Insider Podcast: Green Pulse Podcast: Health Check Podcast: #PopVultures Podcast: ST Sports Talk Podcast: Bookmark This! Podcast: Lunch With Sumiko Podcast: Discover BT Podcasts: Follow our shows then, if you like short, practical podcasts! #AsianInsider #unsolved

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