Philippines Report

Imelda Marcos: Guilty of 7 counts of graft; court orders her arrest

The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan convicted Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos of 7 counts of graft related to private organizations created in Switzerland while she was a government official from 1968 to 1986.

“Wherefore, premises considered, this Court finds the accused guilty beyond reasonable doubt…,” said the 5th Division Clerk of Court while reading the verdict on Friday, November 9.

Neither Marcos nor any of her lawyers were present during the promulgation of decision.

The 89-year-old Marcos was sentenced to prison for 6 years and 1 month to 11 years for each case. She is also perpetually disqualified from holding public office.

By the end of the hearing, 5th Division Chairman Associate Justice Rafael Lagos also ordered the issuance of a warrant of arrest against Marcos.

But Ombudsman lead prosecutor, as well as the 5th Division, clarified that because graft is a bailable case, she can have provisional liberty while she is appealing the conviction. Upon payment of bonds, the warrants of arrest will be lifted.

Lead prosecutor Rey Quilala said the ballpark figure of the public money involved in the private organizations amounts to US$200 million.

Marcos was acquitted for the remaining 3 counts involving local corporations based in the Philippines. The charges were filed way back 1991.

A copy of the full decision was not released as of writing time. –

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