Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Imelda Marcos to appeal graft conviction

Imelda Marcos is assisted to her car after visiting her husband's tomb Imelda Marcos is assisted to her car after visiting her husband's tomb
Jeannette Daniel | 09 November, 2018, 15:55

"He is presently studying the decision and has advised us that he intends to file a Motion for Reconsideration", Marcos said in a statement, issued by the office of her daughter Imee.

With her conviction, Marcos is sentenced to imprisonment of 6 years and 1 month to 11 years for each of the 7 counts, with perpetual disqualification from public office.

Imelda Marcos' husband was ousted by an army-backed "people power" revolt in 1986. "The decision is a welcome relief and mitigates the pain of the past but only a full and voluntary acknowledgment by the Marcoses of their deeds can we say that closure is coming", he added.

He died in exile in Hawaii in 1989 but his widow and children returned to the Philippines.

"While we note that there are still legal remedies available to Congresswoman Marcos, this latest development underscores that our country now has a working and impartial justice system that favors no one", Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. She can still post bail for her temporary liberty as graft is a bailable case, the amount, however, has yet to be set by the court.

Marcos critics rejoiced at the news of the conviction, which came almost three decades after the case was filed in 1991.

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Pangiliinan said the long road to conviction shows "how long and therefore frustrating the Philippine judicial system is, and especially in relation to how powerful and powerfully entrenched the accused are".

An arrest warrant has been filed for Imelda Marcos after the former Philippines First Lady failed to appear in court at the end of her corruption trial, according to a court official.

The family's notoriety stems back to Ferdinand Marcos declaring martial law in 1972. She ran for congress and won while her appeal was underway. That allowed him to shutter the legislature, muzzle the free press and jail or kill those who dared to oppose his dictatorship.

The funds had earlier been turned over by the Swiss judiciary after concluding that the funds were stolen from the Manila government.

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.

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