Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Sandigan finds Imelda Marcos guilty of 7 graft counts

Ex-Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos faces years behind bars Imelda Marcos found guilty on 7 counts of graft
Kenny Thornton | 09 November, 2018, 20:57

Marcos, 89, is the wife of former President Ferdinand Marcos and the mother of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former Senator and vice presidential hopeful Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will "gladly abide" once the court orders the arrest of former first lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, its chief said Friday.

Marcos was sentenced to imprisonment for a minimum of six years to 11 years and a month maximum.

Neither Marcos nor anyone representing her attended Friday's court hearing.

"He (Lazaro) is presently studying the decision and has advised us that he intends to file a motion for reconsideration", Marcos said. Anti-Marcos activists and human rights victims welcomed the conviction as long overdue.

The ruling permanently barred Marcos, who is now a member of parliament, from holding public office.

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Rosales said the decision was a huge setback to efforts by the Marcos family to revise history by denying numerous atrocities under the dictatorship, and urged Filipinos to fight all threats against democracy and civil liberties.

Marcos, who is now a member of the House of Representatives, is running for a governor post in next year's general election. He died in self-exile in Hawaii in 1989 but his widow and children returned to the Philippines. They have denied any wrongdoing and have successfully fought many other corruption cases.

The corruption court found Marcos guilty of seven counts of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The case has been pending with the anti-graft court for 27 years. Imelda's son Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr narrowly lost the vice-presidential election in 2016, a result he is now challenging, and many see him as the natural successor to President Duterte.

Ferdinand Marcos ruled the Philippines for two decades, placing the country under martial law in 1972, during which time thousands of opponents were jailed, killed or disappeared.

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