Imelda Marcos faces arrest, jail time for graft

Lamar Ellis
November 10, 2018

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will arrest former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos once the court issues an arrest warrant.

Marcos, in a written statement to reporters, said her lawyer Manuel Lazaro plans to lodge an appeal with the anti-graft court.

Neither Marcos nor anyone representing her attended Friday's court hearing.

He said the police do not give special attention to any detainee in the facility.

Marcos was sentenced to imprisonment for a minimum of six years to 11 years and a month maximum. Friday's decision bars the former first lady from any public office unless she pursues an appeal with the top court. Critics of the Marcos family quoted by the AP did not seem confident that Imelda will actually end up in jail, or even be banned from running for governor.

Imelda's son, also named Ferdinand, nearly won the separate election for vice president that year.

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

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"She can elevate it to the Supreme Court if she sees grave abuse of discretion in the Sandiganbayan's decision".

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".

The family's notoriety stems back to Ferdinand Marcos declaring martial law in 1972.

However, according to the Presidential Commission on Good Government, set up to recover ill-gotten wealth accumulated during the Marcos regime, the pair stashed at least US$10 billion overseas while in power. He died in self-exile in Hawaii in 1989 but his widow and children returned to the Philippines.

President Rodrigo Duterte, an ally of the Marcoses, said previous year the Marcos family had indicated a willingness to return a still-unspecified amount of money and "a few gold bars" to help ease budget deficits.

The Marcos family remains highly influential in the Philippines.

"Duterte's spokesman, Salvador Panelo, said in a statement the ruling against Imelda Marcos was proof that the executive "is not in the business of exerting undue interference or influence" on courts, and therefore respects the decision".

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