IMELDA MARCOS GUILTY OF GRAFT
THE Sandiganbayan Fifth Division on Friday has found former First Lady and Ilocos
DESPITE being convicted of seven counts of graft, former first lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos is still qualified to run for the 2019 midterm elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Friday.
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said Mrs. Marcos can still continue her gubernatorial bid even as the Sandiganbayan found her guilty of graft, noting that order was not yet final and executory.
“This isn’t a final conviction yet, so it isn’t disqualifying,” Jimenez said in a tweet when asked by a netizen if Marcos’ conviction is a ground for disqualification.
Mrs. marcos filed her candidacy as Ilocos Norte governor, a post currently held by her daughter, Imee, who ise now eyeing a Senate seat.—
THIS file photo taken on February 1, 1998 shows former First Lady Imelda Marcos being greeted by supporters as she arrives to lead a rally in Manila's squatter district of Tondo. The 89-year old Marcos was found guilty of seven counts of graft.