Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Imelda Marcos sentenced to 42 years for corruption

Imelda Marcos sentenced to 42 years for corruption

Imelda Marcos has been found guilty of seven counts of graft by the Sandiganbayan's Fifth Division.

Graft is a bailable case, however, which means Marcos may be given provisional liberty while she is appealing the conviction.

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. Marcos, who is running for Ilocos Norte governor, is also perpetually disqualified from holding public office.

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The arrest of Marcos, who was not present at the trial, was ordered immediately after the verdict was read out at.

Marcos is the widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and served as First Lady from 1965 to 1986.

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.

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"Duterte's spokesman, Salvador Panelo, said in a statement the ruling against Imelda Marcos was proof that the executive "is not in the business of exerting undue interference or influence" on courts, and therefore respects the decision".

"(This is still a victory because as to the local companies, we presented former Prime Minister Cesar Virata and according to his testimony, the former first lady's participation can not be directly pinpointed so we do not feel that bad as to the local corporation)". She was acquitted on a further three counts of graft.

Imelda Marcos, 89, was the wife of late president Ferdinand Marcos, and famous for owning 1,000 pairs of shoes.

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