Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Imelda Marcos to appeal Sandiganbayan verdict

Imelda Marcos to appeal Sandiganbayan verdict

The fifth division of the anti-graft court also ordered the former first lady to explain in 30 days why she was absent during the promulgation on Friday or face arrest.

Imelda Marcos guilty in seven graft cases and sentenced her up to 11 years in prison for each case.

Graft is a bailable case, however, which means Marcos may be given provisional liberty while she is appealing the conviction.

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

This is all the information we have so far but watch this space as this story develops.

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.

The arrest warrant may not be executed immediately because Marcos can appeal the ruling by the Sandiganbayan court, a prosecutor said.

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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.

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

She said former Court of Appeals justice Manuel "Lolong" Lazaro would act as her interim counsel as her other lawyer, Robert Sison, is confined at a hospital.

The charges, filed in the 1990s, stem from companies set up by the family in Switzerland prior to her husband's ouster in 1986, CNN Philippines says. Most have been elected to public offices in an impressive political comeback. She was acquitted on a further three counts of graft.

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. His family is said to have amassed an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion while he was in power.

Duterte allowed Marcos' embalmed body to be buried at a special heroes' cemetery in 2016, and the president is often accompanied at official events by Imee Marcos.

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