Imelda Marcos convicted of graft, court orders her arrest

Frederick Owens
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. She can also file an application for bail.

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

She was sentenced to imprisonment of 6 years and a month to 11 years for each of the 7 counts, with perpetual disqualification from public office.

The arrest warrant may not be executed immediately because Marcos can appeal the ruling by the Sandiganbayan court, a prosecutor said.

Marcos, 89, is the wife of former President Ferdinand Marcos and the mother of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former Senator and vice presidential hopeful Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

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The court's decision is not final and both the prosecution and Marcos' camp can still file a motion for reconsideration.

He was accused of amassing more than US$10 billion while in office and died in exile in 1989.

President Rodrigo Duterte, an ally of the Marcoses, said previous year the Marcos family had indicated a willingness to return a still-unspecified amount of money and "a few gold bars" to help ease budget deficits. 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.

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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