‘A triumph for Filipinos’

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“THIS conviction is nonetheless a triumph for the Filipino people.”

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) issued the statement on Friday after the Sandiganbayan’s fifth division found former First Lady Imelda Marcos guilty of seven counts of graft charges.

The Commission added that the conviction was also a “triumph” for the victims of human rights violations during the Marcos regime.

CHR also reiterated that there is a “need for truth” to hold those responsible for the crimes during martial law.

“The Commission stresses the need for truth so that we call ultimately hold the dictatorship and their co-

horts accountable for their crimes,” CHR spokesperson Jaqueline de Guia said in a statement.

The rights watchdog then said they will continue to promote justice of the victims during martial law.

“We will continue to be vigilant in this process in the interest of upholding justice for the victims of such transgressions. We will never forget,” De Guia said.

The prosecution team has also claimed victory.

Assistant Special Prosecutor Ryan Quilala said the conviction of Mrs. Marcos remains to be a triumph even if she was acquitted in three other cases.

“Si Imelda Marcos po ay convicted doon sa mga Swiss accounts, sa Swiss foundations. Unfortunately, doon sa local corporations, hindi,” Quilala told reporters after the promulgation of Marcos’ cases.

“Victory pa rin po ito. So hindi po gano’n kasama ang loob namin sa local corporation (cases), but as to the Swiss foundations po, makikita po talaga na they even used a pseudonym,” he added.

The cases were actually filed in the early 90’s — around two decades before the 89-year-old former first lady was

convicted.

Critics of the Marcoses have called on the government to immediately arin

rest her, with some noting that the decision has been long overdue.— Inquirer.net

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