Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Imelda Marcos faces arrest for graft

Imelda Marcos faces arrest for graft

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

The former first lady of the Philippines, who became renowned for her lavish collection of shoes, has been found guilty of seven counts of corruption during her twenty years in office.

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

Marcos, who is now a member of the House of Representatives, is running for a governor post in next year's general election. Anti-Marcos activists and human rights victims welcomed the conviction as long overdue.

As a government official in the Marcos administration, Imelda was barred by law from having any financial interest from the Swiss foundations, said the ruling.

"This is retribution", said Rosales.

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Former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr., who was also jailed during the Marcos dictatorship, said it was up to voters in next year's May 13 local elections, where Marcos is a candidate, if they want "somebody who has a bad name representing them, that's your call".

Her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, was ousted by a "people power" revolt in 1986 and died in 1989. But his heirs later returned to Manila and have since staged a political comeback.

Senators Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th and Francis Pangilinan said the Sandiganbayan ruling was "a faithful reminder" that the Marcoses plundered the nation's wealth. Sen. Imelda was acquitted of three other corruption charges. The charges, the result of a court case which has been running for two decades, relate to private foundations she set up in Switzerland while holding public office between 1968 to 1986.

LAOAG CITY-The Marcos family remained silent on Friday and has not issued any statement yet on the conviction of former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos.

The Philippine government is fighting dozens of suits overseas to claim art and property owned by Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies.

Duterte has acknowledged that Imee Marcos, the couple's daughter and a provincial governor, backed his presidential candidacy.

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