@ Rosco - yes that is true, I saw on a documentary that the our former president, Marcos, actually found out about the local treasure hunters. So he issued a “permit system” wherein all the treasure hunters should send their details, address, and the location of the said treasure so that they will be issued permits for their operations. That is actually how he found the “haystack”. Since searching for buried treasure is always just like finding a needle in a haystack but not knowing where the haystack is. He confiscated a golden buddha statue from a poor treasure hunter. Then when this treasure hunter told the media about it, and the issue blew up, he returned a fake statue to the treasure hunter. The treasure hunter knew it was fake because the original buddha that was confiscated, had a “removable” head, and inside the statue, there were diamonds. Yes, a golden buddha about 4ft high, was filled with diamonds. What was returned to him was a fake statue with no “removable head”, and sadly, no diamonds.