Imelda Marcos disqualified from holding office after corruption conviction

Pauline Gross
November 10, 2018

MANILA A Philippine court found former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft and ordered her arrest Friday in a rare conviction among many corruption cases that she plans to appeal to avoid jail and losing her seat in Congress.

She can also elevate this latest case before the top court and post bail.

"We hope our courts will see this through... and give no special treatment to Mrs. Marcos", he added.

"Wherefore, judgment is hereby rendered finding the accused, Imelda R. Marcos, guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violation of R.A. No. 3019 Section 3 (h)... whereby she is sentenced in each case to suffer an indeterminate penalty of imprisonment of six years and one month, as minimum, to 11 years, as maximum, with perpetual disqualification from holding public office", the dispositive portion of the decision read.

The Marcos family has yet to issue a statement on the conviction.

Imelda's son, also named Ferdinand, nearly won the separate election for vice president that year.

Prosecutor Ryan Quilala told local media she would still be able to run in elections until she has exhausted the appeals process.

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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. President Rodrigo Duterte counts the family among his supporters and has expressed admiration for Ferdinand Marcos.

Imee, who swatted away queries by saying she had yet to receive "details" of the verdict, is running for the Philippines senate in 2019. Imelda and her children have always denied any wrongdoing.

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

However, according to the Presidential Commission on Good Government, set up to recover ill-gotten wealth accumulated during the Marcos regime, the pair stashed at least US$10 billion overseas while in power.

The Marcos family remains highly influential in the Philippines.

A spokesman for the Philippine president indicated on Friday that Duterte will not intervene with the court on Imelda Marcos' behalf.

Other reports by GizPress

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