Imelda Marcos faces arrest for graft

09 Novembre, 2018, 10:54 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

The former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos has been found guilty of corruption and is facing up to a decade in jail.

Mrs. Marcos served as the Minister of Human Settlements and was a member of the Interim Batasan Pambansa during her husband's presidency and dictatorship from 1965 to 1986. The Marcos family is a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Marcos, 89, faces imprisonment of between six and 11 years for each count of graft, according to the Sandiganbayan decision released to media today.

"We presented former prime minister Cesar Virata, and according to his testimony eh hindi naman directly ma-pinpoint 'yun participation ni First Lady, so hindi ganun kasama ang loob namin as to the local corporations, (he can not directly pinpoint the participation of the First Lady, so we are not that dissatisfied with the results as to the local corporations)", he said.

"Mayroong 7 Swiss foundations that were created by the Marcoses", Assistant Special Prosecutor Ryan Rey Quilala told reporters.

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"Nagkaroon po siya ng financial interests sa mga foundations na ito. Na-trace po 'yung flow ng pera", he said in an ambush interview on Friday.

The corruption court found Marcos guilty of seven counts of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. No representative from the Marcos camp was present during the proceedings. Chairperson Emeritus Etta Rosales said, "This legal victory is a two-decade struggle by the fearless Filipino people". It has always been an uphill struggle, then all of a sudden, here it is after so much work.

On the other hand, Marcos was acquitted in three of her other graft charges involving local corporations due to the insufficiency of evidence against her.

Marcos can also raise the decision to the Supreme Court if she finds grave abuse of discretion on the part of the Sandiganbayan.

"Hallelujah! About time, indeed, long past time. Conviction is enough humiliation", he said.

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