Imelda Marcos faces Philippines arrest after guilty verdict

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 9, 2018

The former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, has been sentenced by a Manila court to decades in prison for corruption, 32 years after she and her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, were forced from power in a popular uprising.

Her graft charges filed back in 1991, stemmed from her "direct and indirect financial or pecuniary interest" in the management of several non-government organizations created in Switzerland from 1968 to 1984.

The court ordered Marcos, a congresswoman, to serve six to 11 years in jail for each of the seven counts of graft.

Her daughter, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, said they have yet to know the details of her mother's conviction.

Marcos was not present at the court but a warrant has now been issued for her arrest.

"This isn't a final conviction yet, so it isn't disqualifying", Jimenez said in a tweet when asked by a netizen if Marcos' conviction is a ground for disqualification. Most have been elected to public offices in an impressive political comeback.

In the 21 years that President Ferdinand Marcos was in power, he and his wife became infamous for amassing billions of dollars, with funds funnelled into Swiss bank accounts.

The Marcoses have been accused of plundering the government's coffers amid crushing poverty.

Imelda Marcos was acquitted on Friday in three other cases, which were filed in 1991 and took almost three decades of trial by several judges and prosecutors. "You can see that the local courts somehow are trying to establish their independence", she told CNN Philippines on Friday. Imelda's son Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr narrowly lost the vice-presidential election in 2016, a result he is now challenging, and many see him as the natural successor to President Duterte.

Duterte indicated the family still denied that the assets had been stolen as alleged by political opponents, and has often praised the dictator.

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin said the guilty verdict handed down to Marcos "rejects" the clan's attempt to revise the history of the Martial Law years, which was marred by killings, torture, disappearances, media oppression, and corruption that has left the Philippine economy reeling to this day. He padlocked Congress, ordered the arrest of political rivals and left-wing activists and ruled by decree.

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