Imelda Mar­cos con­victed of graft, or­dered ar­rested

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Cebu Daily News - - ISLANDS - / I N Q U I R-

For­mer First Lady and Ilo­cos Norte Rep. Imelda Mar­cos has been found guilty of seven counts of graft by the Sandi­gan­bayan’s Fifth Divi­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to a de­ci­sion by the anti-graft court yesterday, Mar­cos is sen­tenced to im­pris­on­ment of from six years and one month, up to 11 years for each count, for vi­o­lat­ing R. A. 3019 or the An­tiGraft and Cor­rupt Prac­tices Act when she trans­ferred around $200 mil­lion to seven Swiss foun­da­tions dur­ing her term as a mem­ber of the de­funct Batasang Pam­bansa and as then Min­is­ter of Hu­man Set­tle­ments.

As­so­ciate Jus­tice Rafael La­gos of the Sandi­gan­bayan’s Fifth Di- vi­sion also or­dered the ar­rest of Mar­cos, whose camp did not at­tend the le­gal pro­ceed­ings. She was given 30 days by the anti-graft court to ex­plain her ab­sence. She can still post bail for her tem­po­rary lib­erty as graft is a bail­able case, the amount how­ever, has yet to be set by the court.

If the Sandi­gan­bayan’s de­ci­sion is ruled with fi­nal­ity, she will be per­pet­u­ally dis­qual­i­fied from hold­ing any pub­lic of­fice, al­though she can still con­tinue her gu­ber­na­to­rial bid in Ilo­cos Norte as her camp can still file a mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion.

“Pwede niyang i-akyat sa Supreme Court kung may nakita siyang grave abuse of dis­cre­tion sa de­sisyon ng Sandi­gan­bayan so fi­nal and ex­ecu­tory,” As­sis­tant Spe­cial Pros­e­cu­tor Ryan Quilala told reporters af­ter the pro­mul­ga­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Quilala, Mrs. Mar­cos, along with her late hus­band for­mer Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Mar­cos, al­legedly took part in man­ag­ing Swiss foun­da­tions which was dis­al­lowed by the 1973 Con­sti­tu­tion.

Mrs. Mar­cos yesterday said her camp “in­tends to file a mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion” on the Sandi­gan­bayan’s guilty ver­dict against her on seven counts of graft.

“We have just re­ceived a copy of the De­ci­sion of the Sandi­gan­bayan’s 5th Divi­sion which was pro­mul­gated on Novem­ber 9, 2018,” Mar­cos said in a state­ment.

She said her lawyer Robert Si­son has been in­dis­posed and is presently con­fined at the Asian Hos­pi­tal so Atty. Lo­long Lazaro would act as her coun­sel in the in­terim.

“He is presently study­ing the de­ci­sion and has ad­vised us that he in­tends to file a Mo­tion for Re­con­sid­er­a­tion,” said Mrs. Mar­cos.

INQUIRER

A Rap­pler em­ployee ex­its its of­fice at the Capi­tol Com­mons in Pasig City.

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