Philippine court finds Imelda Marcos guilty of graft

Ex-Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos faces years behind bars

Imelda Marcos found guilty on 7 counts of graft

Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos said on Friday, November 9, that she will appeal the verdict of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan which found her guilty of 7 counts of graft.

The Sandiganbayan, the Philippines' specialist anti-corruption court, ordered that Marcos, 89, be arrested after sentencing her to at least 42 years in prison for hiding stolen public money in several Swiss foundations in the 1970s.

Marcos faces arrest after the Sandiganbayan found her guilty of 7 counts of graft related to private organizations created in Switzerland while she was a government official from 1968 to 1986. She was a no-show at her case's promulgation so she will be given 30 days to give a reason as to why. She is allowed to post bail, and can also appeal the case before the Supreme Court.

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

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. His family is said to have amassed an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion while he was in power.

President Rodrigo Duterte, an ally of the Marcoses, said past 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.

"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".

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