Imelda Marcos ordered arrested for 7 counts of graft
Imelda Marcos ordered arrested for 7 counts of graft
Imelda Marcos found guilty of graft, faces arrest
09 November, 2018, 10:54
The former first lady and an incumbent lawmaker known for her collection of more than 1,000 pairs of shoes was found guilty of seven counts of graft for allegedly maintaining Swiss accounts as a cabinet member during her husband's rule three decades ago.
The Office of the Ombudsman filed 10 graft cases from 1991 to 1995, stemming from the alleged private organizations Marcos created in Switzerland from 1968 to 1984 while she held various posts in government.
Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos at the House Plenary on Thursday, September 20, 2018.
The corruption court found Marcos guilty of seven counts of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Marcos was sentenced to imprisonment for a minimum of six years to 11 years and a month maximum.
"We presented former prime minister Cesar Virata, and according to his testimony eh hindi naman directly ma-pinpoint 'yun participation ni First Lady, so hindi ganun kasama ang loob namin as to the local corporations, (he can not directly pinpoint the participation of the First Lady, so we are not that dissatisfied with the results as to the local corporations)", he said.
The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division also ordered the issuance of an arrest warrant against Mrs. Marcos.
Prosecutor Ryan Quilala told local media she would still be able to run in elections until she has exhausted the appeals process. No representative from the Marcos camp was present during the proceedings.
"I'm surprised but very pleasantly surprised, because two decades iyan".
"We treat this decision by the anti-graft court as a good reminder to all public servants that public office is a public trust and that we are all accountable to the people we serve", Panelo said in a statement on Friday.
The court gave Marcos and her counsel 30 days to explain their absence during the promulgation. But, I am not certain Imelda should be jailed.
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