PNP to ‘gladly abide’ by court’s order to arrest Imelda Marcos

Glen Norman
November 10, 2018

A Philippine anti-graft court on Friday sentenced former First Lady Imelda Marcos to no less than 42 years imprisonment after she was found guilty of graft for creating private foundations in Switzerland.

According to the decision made earlier today, Imelda will be facing six years and one month in prison and "up to 11 years for each count".

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

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

She was first convicted by the anti-graft court in 1993, seven years after the popular revolution that ousted her husband and sent the family to exile in Hawaii.

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.

Quilala explained that the amounts involved with the foundations vary, and it is hard to give an exact number because they used different currencies, namely francs and dollars.

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

Congressman Tom Villarin of the opposition Akbayan Party said Marcos "can't invoke her age nor humanitarian grounds for her not to serve the sentence".

"We treat this decision by the anti-graft court as a good reminder to all public servants that public office is a public trust and that we are all accountable to the people we serve".

In 2003, the Swiss court ordered the money to be returned to the Philippine government, after the Philippine Supreme Court rendered a decision that Ferdinand and Imelda's joint lawful income between 1965 to 1986 totalled just USD$304,000 and anything beyond that had been stolen.

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.

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. Imelda and her children have always denied any wrongdoing.

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

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