Marcos faces arrest, jail time for graft
Imelda Marcos, the widow of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, has been found guilty of graft and is facing arrest and a jail term of at least six-years.
The incumbent lawmaker — known for her collection of more than 1,000 pairs of shoes — was found guilty of seven counts of graft for allegedly maintaining Swiss accounts as a Cabinet member during her husband’s rule, the country’s anticorruption court decided on Friday. Marcos plans to appeal the ruling.
The court’s decision came 27 years after the case was first filed. Marcos, 89, faces imprisonment of between six and 11 years for each count of graft — the second time she’s been convicted out of dozens of cases filed against the family.
She was first convicted by the anti-graft court in 1993, seven years after the popular revolution that ousted her husband and sent the family to exile in Hawaii.
In 1998, the Supreme
Court acquitted Imelda from allegations that she entered anomalous contracts during her husband’s term, reversing the anti-court’s ruling.
She can also elevate this latest case before the top court and post bail.
Her lawyer is studying the decision “and has advised us that he intends to file a motion for reconsideration,” Marcos said in a statement.
The Marcos family is a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The Philippine leader had said that he wants to be succeeded by the late dictator’s son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos. Duterte also has the power to pardon