PNP to ‘gladly abide’ by court’s order to arrest Imelda Marcos

The former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos has been found guilty of corruption and is facing up to a decade in jail.

Her graft charges filed back in 1991, stemmed from her "direct and indirect financial or pecuniary interest" in the management of several non-government organizations created in Switzerland from 1968 to 1984.

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.

Marcos, who is now a member of the House of Representatives, is running for a governor post in next year's general election. But Ombudsman Prosecutor Rey Quilala said she can still run until the Sandiganbayan's decision becomes final and executory. As to the amount, paiba-iba po kasi but it involves 7 Swiss foundations, tapos kinu-close yung ibang foundation, ita-transfer sa ibang foundation, and then close it again, transfer sa ibang foundation.

With her conviction, Marcos is sentenced to imprisonment of 6 years and 1 month to 11 years for each of the 7 counts, with perpetual disqualification from public office. "Na-trace po 'yung flow ng pera", he said in an ambush interview on Friday.

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The court's fifth division acquitted her in three counts of corruption. Chairperson Emeritus Etta Rosales said, "This legal victory is a two-decade struggle by the fearless Filipino people".

The court gave Marcos and her counsel 30 days to explain their absence during the promulgation.

"We treat this decision by the anti-graft court as a good reminder to all public servants that public office is a public trust and that we are all accountable to the people we serve", Panelo said in a statement on Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Marcos can still avail of other remedies, including asking the Supreme Court for a reversal of the conviction.

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