Sandi­gan­bayan or­ders ar­rest of Imelda Mar­cos

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Nation -

THE anti-graft court has or­dered the ar­rest of Ilo­cos Norte Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Imelda Mar­cos af­ter it found her guilty of seven counts of graft in re­la­tion to the cre­ation of pri­vate foun­da­tions in Switzer­land while she was hold­ing var­i­ous posts in the gov­ern­ment in the past.

The Sandi­gan­bayan Fifth Divi­sion said Mar­cos can still post a bond for her tem­po­rary lib­erty and chal­lenge the court’s de­ci­sion.

Mar­cos was sen­tenced to im­pris­on­ment of six years and one month to 11 years for each count of graft.

The court also dis­qual­i­fied her from sit­ting in any pub­lic of­fice.

The 89-year-old law­maker, who is now on her third term as Ilo­cos Norte rep­re­sen­ta­tive, ear­lier filed her cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy for the gu­ber­na­to­rial race in Ilo­cos Norte.

The Sandi­gan­bayan, in its de­ci­sion, also ac­quit­ted Mar­cos from three counts of graft in re­la­tion to the use of her Cab­i­net po­si­tion to main­tain the Swiss bank ac­counts dur­ing the regime of her late hus­band, for­mer Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Mar­cos.

The case against Mar­cos, filed by the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man in De­cem­ber 1991, stemmed from al­le­ga­tions that the for­mer first lady had fi­nan­cial in­ter­ests in the pri­vate foun­da­tions in Switzer­land she cre­ated while she was in pub­lic of­fice.

She was min­is­ter of hu­man set­tle­ments from 1968 up to 1976 and gover­nor of Metro Manila from 1978 up to 1984.

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