Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Imelda Marcos faces Philippines arrest after guilty verdict

Imelda Marcos faces Philippines arrest after guilty verdict

Former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos was convicted on seven charges of graft related to the theft of up to $200 million from her almost two decades in office.

Imelda Marcos, 89, is facing a jail sentence of between six and 11 years for each count of graft.

Alisuag told CNN that the court had ordered the arrest warrant but it had not been yet issued. She is also perpetually disqualified from holding any public office.

Ferdinand Marcos, who along with his cronies was accused of pilfering $10 billion from the Philippines, fled with his family to the USA after a people's uprising ended his 20-year rule in 1986. She was charged for making seven bank transfers totalling US$200 million to Swiss foundations during her term as Manila governor.

As a government official in the Marcos administration, Imelda was barred by law from having any outside financial interests, including in the Swiss foundations.

This was the assurance of PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde after the Sandiganbayan found Mrs. Marcos guilty beyond reasonable doubt on seven counts of graft on Friday. "As a sitting member of the House of Representatives and now running for governor in Ilocos Norte, she can't have the best of all worlds".

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However, she can still appeal the conviction.

Imelda and Ferdinand's daughter Imee Marcos is the governor of the family's northern stronghold of Ilocos Norte province and helped bankroll the 2016 election campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to him.

The case has been pending with the anti-graft court for 27 years.

"The Executive Branch is not in the business of exerting undue interference or influence in the affairs of another separate and independent branch of the government", Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

"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", Duterte's spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

Former first lady Imelda Marcos waving to the crowd as she arrives for her son vice-presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s "miting-de-avance" in Manila.

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