Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Imelda Marcos faces Philippines arrest after guilty verdict

Imelda Marcos is assisted to her car after visiting her husband's tomb Imelda Marcos is assisted to her car after visiting her husband's tomb
Pablo Mccormick | 09 November, 2018, 13:53

Marcos, 89, is the wife of former President Ferdinand Marcos and the mother of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former Senator and vice presidential hopeful Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

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.

A court in the Philippines has sentenced former first lady Imelda Marcos to prison for corruption.

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Marcos was charged for allegedly having financial or pecuniary interest in and participating in the management of several foundations despite a constitutional prohibition while she was a member of the Interim Batasang Pambansa and when she was minister of Human Settlements from 1968 to 1986.

Her congressional term will end next year but she has registered to run to replace her daughter as governor of northern Ilocos Norte province.

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin said the guilty verdict handed down to Marcos "rejects" the clan's attempt to revise the history of the Martial Law years, which was marred by killings, torture, disappearances, media oppression, and corruption that has left the Philippine economy reeling to this day.

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Rosales said the decision was a huge setback to efforts by the Marcos family to revise history by denying numerous atrocities under the dictatorship, and urged Filipinos to fight all threats against democracy and civil liberties. They have denied any wrongdoing and have successfully fought many other corruption cases. She was a no-show at her case's promulgation so she will be given 30 days to give a reason as to why.

The court's decision is not final and both the prosecution and Marcos' camp can still file a motion for reconsideration.

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Three generations of the Marcos clan are once again running for office in Ilocos Norte, the family's stronghold, in the 2019 elections. He has also allowed the late dictator's body to be buried in the country's heroes' cemetery in 2016.

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