Ex-Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos faces years behind bars

Clay Curtis
November 9, 2018

The former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, has been sentenced by a Manila court to decades in prison for corruption, 32 years after she and her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, were forced from power in a popular uprising.

In finding her guilty of graft in seven of the 10 cases filed against her, Mrs. Marcos faces imprisonment of six years and one month up to 11 years for each count, as provided under the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Neither Marcos nor her lawyers were present when the Sandiganbayan justices promulgated the decision to convict her for seven counts of graft.

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

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Marcos, a sitting three-term congresswoman, has registered as a candidate next May to succeed her daughter, Imee Marcos, 62, as governor of Ilocos Norte, the stronghold of the still powerful Marcos family. He added that she is still free to run as Ilocos Norte Governor in 2019, as long as she posts a cash bond before the Sandiganbayan while appealing the decision. The Marcoses have been accused of plundering the government's coffers amid crushing poverty. She was given 30 days by the anti-graft court to explain her absence.

In a brief statement sent to reporters on Friday afternoon, Marcos said she had received a copy of the decision and that she would file a motion for reconsideration before the Sandiganbayan 5th Division.

Ferdinand Marcos had placed the Philippines under martial rule a year before his term was to expire.

President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys good ties with the Marcos family and has often praised the late strongman.

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