Imelda Marcos convicted of political corruption; Arrest ordered

Imelda Marcos convicted of political corruption; Arrest ordered

Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos said on Friday, November 9, that she will appeal the verdict of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan which found her guilty of 7 counts of graft.

The Filipino people must not allow our elections to be used to invalidate the people's struggle against the Marcos dictatorship, " she explained. She is also perpetually disqualified from holding any public post.

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

President Rodrigo Duterte, an ally of the Marcoses, said a year ago the Marcos family had indicated a willingness to return a still-unspecified amount of money and "a few gold bars" to help ease budget deficits.

Ms. Marcos was not present during the hearing on Friday.

"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", Duterte's spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

The court said Imelda had "financial interest" in the seven Swiss foundations they created pegged to amount to 200 million dollars. She was once convicted of a graft case in 1993, but the Supreme Court later cleared her of any wrongdoing.

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The Marcos family is a close ally of Mr Duterte, a self-professed fan of the late dictator and his strongman ways.

President Duterte "can pardon Imelda".

Albayalde assured that Mrs. Marcos will be treated as a normal detainee if she will be taken to the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

The Marcoses were forced to flee to Hawaii where the elder Marcos died in 1989.

Critics of the Marcos family quoted by the AP did not seem confident that Imelda will actually end up in jail, or even be banned from running for governor.

Former Senator Rene Saguisag also welcomed the decision of the anti-graft court.

Former congressman and activist leader Teddy Casino expressed doubts about that claim to the Wall Street Journal on Friday, anticipating Duterte will use his influence with the Supreme Court to overturn the convictions.

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