Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Philippine court orders arrest of ex-first lady Imelda Marcos for graft

Philippine court orders arrest of ex-first lady Imelda Marcos for graft

College students and teachers from the University of the Philippines (UP) light bonfire at the UP Diliman Sunken Garden on Friday to celebrate the conviction of former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos.

Marcos faces arrest after the Sandiganbayan found her guilty of 7 counts of graft related to private organizations created in Switzerland while she was a government official from 1968 to 1986.

It sentenced her to six to 11 years in prison on each count.

The family fled to Hawaii in 1986 when the army and the Philippine people turned against the president in a bloodless popular revolt. Marcos, who is running for Ilocos Norte governor, is also perpetually disqualified from holding public office. The former first lady held various positions in her husband's government during his 21-year regime. "The president chose William Saunders and Imelda Marcos used Jane Ryan", special prosecutor Ryan Quilala told reporters.

However, neither Imelda nor any of her lawyers were present during the promulgation of the decision.

In a statement on Friday, Marcos said she has received a copy of the anti-graft court's decision, noting that her legal counsel is already studying the case. "Robert Sison, has been indisposed and is presently confined at the Asian hospital", Marcos said.

In a post on his Twitter account, Lacson noted the investigation on Mrs. Marcos' supposed graft started more than 30 years ago.

The Sandiganbayan, the Philippines' specialist anti-corruption court, ordered that Marcos, 89, be arrested after sentencing her to at least 42 years in prison for hiding stolen public money in several Swiss foundations in the 1970s. Imelda Marcos was convicted on two counts of corruption in 1993, but the Philippine Supreme Court overturned both convictions.

Despite the ostentatious wealth amassed by the Marcos family while their country sank deeper into poverty - Imelda's shoe collection is an especially notorious example - they have not been successfully prosecuted for graft.

Imelda returned to the Philippines in 1992 and campaigned for the presidency, but lost it.

The political party Akbayan welcomed the court decision.

Headway only began to be made in the case when the Swiss Federal Court ruled in 1997 "that the majority of the Marcos foundation assets were of criminal origin".

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