FALSE: Filipino ‘royal family’ ruled over pre-colonial ‘Maharlika kingdom’

A screenshot of a Facebook post that claims the Marcoses were given gold bars by a ‘Filipino royal family’ whose last name is Tallano. Photo via rappler.com

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Claim: A post on Facebook dated September 24, 2018 states that former president Ferdinand Marcos was paid in gold by the “Tallano royal family of the Philippines” for being their lawyer.

The so-called royal family, whose last name is Tallano, is said to have ruled over a kingdom called Maharlika that was made up of the Philippines, Brunei, South Borneo, Hawaii, the Spratly Islands, and Sabah before Spain colonized our country.

They allegedly “owned” our country until the mid-18th century.

Our national hero Jose Rizal was supposedly a direct descendant of the Tallano family.

The Tallanos was said to have paid Marcos “192 thousand tons of gold” because they hired him to be their lawyer before he became a politician.

Accompanying the post is a photo of Marcos and his wife, former first lady Imelda Marcos, superimposed over a photo of gold bars. Another photo superimposed over the gold bars is of President Rodrigo Duterte. Text on the photo reads: “Marcos gold will save the world!”

The post has more than 79,000 shares and more than 5,000 comments as of posting. It was emailed to us to check through factcheck@rappler.com.

Rating: FALSE

The Facts: There is no historical proof that a royal family called Tallano ruled over a kingdom called Maharlika during pre-colonial Philippines.

Rappler consulted historian and Assistant Professorial Lecturer of History at De La Salle University Xiao Chua, and he presented 5 questions in response to the post:

1. Where is the title?

There are no land titles that prove that a Tallano family owns the entire Philippine archipelago.

According to Inquirer.net, Julian Tallano claimed that he was the heir Rajah Soliman and Lapu-Lapu and a descendant of King Luisong Tagean.

In 2002, the Court of Appeals (CA) issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on 3 Pasay court rulings that validated Tallano’s claim. These rulings were by Pasay City Judge Ernesto Reyes on July 7, 1997, July 11, 2001, and October 8, 2001.


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