Imelda’s con­vic­tion con­firms ‘graft un­der mar­tial law’

Gulf Times - - PHILIPPINES - By Ma. Reina L To­lentino

For­mer First Lady and now Ilo­cos Norte rep­re­sen­ta­tive Imelda Mar­cos’ con­vic­tion for graft is “an­other ju­di­cial con­fir­ma­tion” of cor­rup­tion un­der Mar­tial Law that was de­clared by her hus­band, thenPres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Mar­cos in 1972, ac­cord­ing to Al­bay rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ed­cel Lagman.

Imelda Mar­cos was found guilty of hav­ing fi­nan­cial or pe­cu­niary in­ter­est in and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the man­age­ment of sev­eral foun­da­tions de­spite a con­sti­tu­tional pro­hi­bi­tion ei­ther while she was a mem­ber of the In­terim Batasang Pam­bansa or min­is­ter of the Min­istry of Hu­man Set­tle­ments.

The Sandi­gan­bayan’s Fifth Di­vi­sion con­victed her in seven out of 10 graft cases.

“The con­vic­tion… is an­other ju­di­cial con­fir­ma­tion of the in­or­di­nate cor­rup­tion per­pe­trated dur­ing the mar­tial law regime by the Mar­cos fam­ily and its cronies,” Lagman said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

The court sen­tenced Mar­cos to six years and a month up to 11 years in prison with per­pet­ual dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion to hold pub­lic of­fice in each of the seven cases.

She can still file a mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion.

Se­na­tor Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino 4th said that the ver­dict val­i­dates al­le­ga­tions that the Mar­coses stole from the na­tion.

“It can no longer be de­nied that the Mar­coses stole from Fil­ipinos. They were ousted dur­ing the Peo­ple Power Rev­o­lu­tion, and now, there’s a con­vic­tion from the court,” Aquino said.

“We hope this can be the be­gin­ning of our coun­try’s move to­wards jus­tice. The ac­knowl­edg­ment of the truth about our his­tory and the as­sur­ance of jus­tice for a na­tion robbed of its riches and po­ten­tial will fi­nally al­low us to move on,” he added.

Imelda Mar­cos: un­der scru­tiny?

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