Imelda may still avoid jail term – solon

Manila Bulletin - - News - By BEN R. ROSARIO

At 89, for­mer First Lady and now Ilo­cos Norte Rep. Imelda Ro­mualdezMar­cos may be able to avoid the stiff prison term im­posed on her by the Sandi­gan­bayan.

Ako Bi­col Party-list Rep. RodelBa­to­cabe said lawyers of Mar­cos may cite hu­man­i­tar­ian con­sid­er­a­tions in seek­ing ex­emp­tion from the max­i­mum 77 years im­pris­on­ment the Sandi­gan­bayan had im­posed on her fol­low­ing con­vic­tion on seven counts of graft.

“I think Madam Mar­cos should in­ter­pose the ground of hu­man­i­tar­ian con­sid­er­a­tions due to her ad­vance age and frail health to avoid im­pris­on­ment,” Ba­to­cabe said.

Deputy Speaker and Capiz Rep. Fre­de­nil Cas­tro and 1Ang Edukasyon Rep. Sal­vador Be­laro said Mar­cos may con­tinue serv­ing as House mem­ber not­with­stand­ing Sandi­gan­bayan’s rul­ing.

“Only fi­nal and ex­ecu­tory judg­ment from the courts can stop her from serv­ing her term as con­gress­woman as this is based on acts out­side of be­ing a leg­is­la­tor,” said Be­laro.

In a press state­ment Fri­day, the for­mer First Lady said her lawyer, Manuel Lazaro, “in­tends to file Mo­tion for Re­con­sid­er­a­tion” seek­ing a re­ver­sal of the anti-graft court’s rul­ing.

Mar­cos said Lazaro has started study­ing the de­ci­sion and has ad­vised her that “he in­tends to file a Mo­tion for Re­con­sid­er­a­tion.”

The vet­eran lawyer will tem­po­rar­ily take over lawyer Robert Si­son, Mar­cos’s at­tor­ney-on-record, who can­not at­tend to the case be­cause of med­i­cal con­fine­ment at the Asian Hos­pi­tal.

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