Imelda Marcos convicted of graft, court orders her arrest

Lester Mason
November 9, 2018

A court in the Philippines has sentenced former first lady Imelda Marcos to prison for corruption.

This was the common sentiment of opposition senators and other officials who lauded the Sandiganbayan's decision sentencing Marcos to a maximum of 77 years in jail for committing seven counts of graft.

Marcos, a member of the Philippines House of Representatives, will be given 30 days to explain her absence, according to Lenina Alisuag, from office of the clerk of courts of the Sandiganbayan Court Fifth Division, which has jurisdiction over criminal and civil cases involving graft and corrupt practices.

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

Marcos, 89, famous for a huge collection of shoes, jewellery and artwork, is facing dozens of protracted graft cases that have hounded her since her family was toppled in an army-backed popular uprising in 1986.

"He is presently studying the decision and has advised us that he intends to file a motion for reconsideration", she added. She ran for congress and won while her appeal was underway.

Marcos, who is now a member of the House of Representatives, is running for a governor post in next year's general election.

Marcos, in a written statement to reporters, said her lawyer Manuel Lazaro plans to lodge an appeal with the anti-graft court.

Imelda Marcos was acquitted on Friday in three other cases, which were filed in 1991 and took almost three decades of trial by several judges and prosecutors.

The family's notoriety stems back to Ferdinand Marcos declaring martial law in 1972.

He was accused of amassing more than 10 billion dollars while in office and died in exile in 1989.

While an arrest warrant will be issued, Quilala said that Marcos can still seek remedies because the decision is not yet "final and executory".

Imee is running for the Philippine senate in 2019.

The verdict is a blow to the Marcos family, who despite the opprobrium heaped on their dictatorship, have established themselves as a rich and powerful political dynasty. He has also allowed the late dictator's body to be buried in the country's heroes' cemetery in 2016.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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