Published: Fri, November 09, 2018

Imelda Marcos given 42 years in jail for corruption

Imelda Marcos given 42 years in jail for corruption

The anti-graft court's guilty verdict on former First Lady Imelda Marcos speaks the truth about the two-decade regime of her late husband, Ferdinand.

Imelda Marcos, 89, is facing a jail sentence of between six and 11 years for each count of graft.

Marcos, a member of the Philippines House of Representatives, will be given 30 days to explain her absence, according to Lenina Alisuag, from office of the clerk of courts of the Sandiganbayan Court Fifth Division, which has jurisdiction over criminal and civil cases involving graft and corrupt practices.

She is now a member of the House of Representatives for Ilocos Norte.

Ferdinand Marcos, who along with his cronies was accused of pilfering $10 billion from the Philippines, fled with his family to the United States after a people's uprising ended his 20-year rule in 1986.

Marcos said in a statement her lawyer is "studying the decision and he has advised us that he intends to file a motion for reconsideration".

While an arrest warrant will be issued, Quilala said that Marcos can still seek remedies because the decision is not yet "final and executory".

Marcos, who is now a member of the House of Representatives, is running for a governor post in next year's general election.

The court's decision came almost three decades after the case was filed.

Marcos died in 1989 while still in exile.

"She can elevate it to the Supreme Court if she sees grave abuse of discretion in the Sandiganbayan's decision".

Ferdinand Marcos ruled the Philippines for two decades, placing the country under martial law in 1972, during which time thousands of opponents were jailed, killed or disappeared.

Duterte has acknowledged that Imee Marcos, the couple's daughter and a provincial governor, backed his presidential candidacy, and she is running for senator under Duterte's political alliance.

The Marcos family's ill-gotten wealth "is estimated between US$5 billion to US$10 billion, the bulk of it being deposited and hidden overseas", according to the the Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG).

Duterte allowed Marcos' embalmed body to be buried at a special heroes' cemetery in 2016, and the president is often accompanied at official events by Imee Marcos.

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