Example: [Collected via e-mail, February 2010]
Imagine who would have such taste and live in such opulence?
An American Billionaire?
A Saudi Prince?
Louis XIV of France ?
Savour the pictures then scroll to the bottom of the page to see who owns this Work of Art.
This Mansion is in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA and belongs to:
Senator Manny Villar of the PHILIPPINES
While Filipinos starve, and die because of abject poverty ....and while
PLEASE send this to everyone you know.
They can send it to everyone they know.
Soon Filipinos around the world will know what this man is doing to the people he wishes to serve if elected President.
Origins: The pictures of the opulent mansion shown above are all-purpose denigrative images, photos which have been used to document the purported lavish excesses of a number of celebrities and political figures by claiming that they own the
In recent years, ownership of this manse has been attributed to former Nigerian military ruler
The latest iteration, from February 2010, is a political smear which sites the mansion in Salt Lake City, Utah, and holds that it belongs to senator (and presidential candidate) Manny Villar of the Philippines (who, like all the other putative owners of the property, is said to wallow in greedy excess while his countrymen are mired in poverty):
"Who would want to buy a mansion in Salt Lake City? Are there papers to support it?" he said, adding that there was absolutely no truth to the rumor.
He added: "The campaign being waged by Villar's opponents reaches record lows everyday, starting with the false associations of 'Villaroyo.' It only shows that his opponents are insecure and desperate. We pray that they campaign on platforms and capabilities rather than mudslinging."
At least one of those who forwarded the e-mail about Villar has apologized. Domingo
Last updated: 5 March 2010
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