Former First Lady Sentenced To Jail For Corruption
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Perhaps if someone had told the former first lady of Philippines, Imelda Marcos that she would be arrested and sentenced to jail after leaving office, she would have taken it with a 'pinch of salt'.
Well, reality check for her as the Philippines’ anti-corruption court on Friday, November 9th ordered her arrest.
She was arrested after being found guilty of seven counts of graft during the two-decade rule of her husband Ferdinand Marcos.
Marcos, 89, famous for a huge collection of shoes, jewelry and artwork, is facing dozens of protracted graft cases that have hounded her since her family was toppled in an army-backed popular uprising in 1986.
The court ordered Marcos, a congresswoman, to serve six to 11 years in jail for each of the seven counts of graft.
She was charged with making seven bank transfers totaling 200 million dollars to Swiss foundations during her term as Manila governor.
Marcos and her representatives did not attend the legal hearing on Friday. She could not be reached for comment and text messages and phone calls to her lawyer were not answered.
The arrest warrant may not be executed immediately because Marcos can appeal the ruling by the Sandiganbayan court, a prosecutor said.
“She can elevate it to the Supreme Court if she sees grave abuse of discretion in the Sandiganbayan’s decision.
''So this is not yet final and executory,” assistant special prosecutor Ryan Quilala told reporters.
Marcos, who has served three terms as a member of congress, has registered to contest an election to succeed her daughter, Imee Marcos, 62, as governor of Ilocos Norte, the stronghold of the Marcos family.
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