Imelda Marcos to appeal Sandiganbayan verdict

Imelda Marcos to appeal Sandiganbayan verdict

MANILA A Philippine court found former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft and ordered her arrest Friday in a rare conviction among many corruption cases that she plans to appeal to avoid jail and losing her seat in Congress.

Alisuag told CNN that the court had ordered the arrest warrant but it had not been yet issued.

The ruling permanently barred Marcos, who is now a member of parliament, from holding public office.

Imelda, 89, a sitting three-term congresswoman who is known for her huge collection of shoes, jewellery and artwork, once wielded enormous power in the Southeast Asian nation before her family was toppled in an army-backed popular uprising in 1986.

However, neither Imelda nor any of her lawyers were present during the promulgation of the decision.

The charges relate to alleged illicit financial dealings with Swiss-based NGOs while serving in her husband's government in the 1970s and 80s.

Her total prison sentence is 42 years and seven months minimum and 77 years maximum.

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The corruption court found Marcos guilty of seven counts of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Because of her position in the government, she was "prohibited by the Constitution from having any interest during her term of office" in these businesses.

Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos will be appealing the guilty verdict handed down to her on November 9, 2018.

Deputy Speaker and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro said that despite her conviction, Marcos will remain a member of the House of Representatives.

Marcos critics rejoiced at the news of the conviction, which came almost three decades after the case was filed in 1991.

Former first lady Imelda Marcos waving to the crowd as she arrives for her son vice-presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s "miting-de-avance" in Manila. President Rodrigo Duterte counts the family among his supporters and has expressed admiration for Ferdinand Marcos.

"The Executive Branch is not in the business of exerting undue interference or influence in the affairs of another separate and independent branch of the government", Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement. They have denied any wrongdoing and have successfully fought many other corruption cases.

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