Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Imelda Marcos found guilty of graft

Imelda Marcos found guilty of graft

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. However, she will be allowed to remain free on bail while she appeals the conviction. She returned to Manila in 1991 after her husband died in Honolulu but in 1993, she was convicted on two criminal corruption charges and sentenced to prison terms of nine to 12 years on each count.

In finding her guilty of graft in seven of the 10 cases filed against her, Mrs. Marcos faces imprisonment of six years and one month up to 11 years for each count, as provided under the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos will be appealing the guilty verdict handed down to her on November 9, 2018.

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

Marcos said in a statement her lawyer is "studying the decision and he has advised us that he intends to file a motion for reconsideration".

President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys good ties with the Marcos family and has often praised the late strongman.

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.

Ferdinand Marcos had placed the Philippines under martial rule a year before his term was to expire.

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

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