Truth prevails with Imelda Marcos conviction, officials say

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 9, 2018

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.

Neither Marcos nor her lawyers were present when the Sandiganbayan justices promulgated the decision to convict her for seven counts of graft.

"Wherefore, judgment is hereby rendered finding the accused, Imelda R. Marcos, guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violation of R.A. No. 3019 Section 3 (h)... whereby she is sentenced in each case to suffer an indeterminate penalty of imprisonment of six years and one month, as minimum, to 11 years, as maximum, with perpetual disqualification from holding public office", the dispositive portion of the decision read. She ran for congress and won while her appeal was underway. She can still post bail for her temporary liberty as graft is a bailable case, the amount, however, has yet to be set by the court.

The court's decision came almost three decades after the case was filed.

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.

"While we note that there are still legal remedies available to Congresswoman Marcos, this latest development underscores that our country now has a working and impartial justice system that favors no one", Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Ferdinand Marcos had placed the Philippines under martial rule a year before his term was to expire. She has the right to appeal her conviction to the Supreme Court.

Duterte has acknowledged that Imee Marcos, the couple's daughter and a provincial governor, backed his presidential candidacy, and she is running for senator under Duterte's political alliance. 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 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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