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Philippine court orders arrest of ex-first lady Imelda Marcos for graft

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Philippine court orders arrest of ex-first lady Imelda Marcos for graft

 

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FILE PHOTO: Former Philippine First Lady and incumbent congresswoman Imelda Marcos attends the third and final reading of the death penalty bill inside the House of the Representatives in Quezon city, metro Manila, Philippines March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/File photo

 

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' anti-corruption court on Friday ordered the arrest of former first lady Imelda Marcos after finding her guilty on seven counts of graft during the two-decade rule of her husband and former dictator, Ferdinand Marcos.

 

Marcos, 89, famous for a huge collection of shoes, jewellery 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 for making seven bank transfers totalling $200 million 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 still powerful Marcos family.

 

Ferdinand Marcos ruled the Philippines for two decades, placing the country under martial law in 1972, during which time thousands of opponents were jailed, killed or disappeared.

 

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

 

President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys good ties with the Marcos family and has often praised the late strongman.

 

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.

 

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.

 

(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales and Manuel Mogato; Editing by Martin Petty and Darren Schuettler)

 
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57 minutes ago, zaphod reborn said:

When her husband died, she shuld not have returned from exile in Hawaii.  The opportunity to steal more from the impoverished Filipinos was too enticing.  Had she stayed in Hawaii, she would have least not have to die in prison.  

What makes you think she will ever see the inside of a prison?

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10 hours ago, janclaes47 said:

What makes you think she will ever see the inside of a prison?

Duterte has no love for Imelda Marcos, despite his admiration of her husband.  She will not be saved.

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/09/18/duterte-wont-meddle-in-imelda-marcos-graft-conviction-palace

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I heard from reliable sources that the Marcos clan has over half a trillion $US in the Cayman Islands.

I'm sure this story will go nowhere.

She has enough to pay off everyone involved with the "anti-corruption" court. (Or have them disappeared)

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16 hours ago, zaphod reborn said:

When her husband died, she shuld not have returned from exile in Hawaii.  The opportunity to steal more from the impoverished Filipinos was too enticing.  Had she stayed in Hawaii, she would have least not have to die in prison.  

 

You make me laugh, I would have liked to see what you would have done in its place?

She had only put 200 million dollars in Swiss banks, she was bound to go back to the sources to stock up :whistling:Pfffff   

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5 hours ago, Tchooptip said:

 

You make me laugh, I would have liked to see what you would have done in its place?

She had only put 200 million dollars in Swiss banks, she was bound to go back to the sources to stock up :whistling:Pfffff   

The $200 million was stolen after she returned to the PI and politics.  She had a lavish life in Hawaii with a mansion in Makiki.

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1 hour ago, zaphod reborn said:

The $200 million was stolen after she returned to the PI and politics.  She had a lavish life in Hawaii with a mansion in Makiki.

I really hope you understood I was not serious at all, of course, the 200 million was stollen to the country, I meant since it was only 200 million so she has to go back for more! :sorry:

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