The 89-year-old widow of former Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos was not present in court Friday when it was announced that she had been found guilty of seven counts of graft.
This was the assurance of PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde after the Sandiganbayan found Mrs. Marcos guilty beyond reasonable doubt on seven counts of graft on Friday.
Under the rules of the Sandiganbayan, the former first lady has 15 days from promulgation of the ruling to file an appeal, and the anti-graft court has 30 days within which to decide on it. Marcos may also go straight to Supreme Court to seek relief. This is a victory against historical revisionism. "The president chose William Saunders and Imelda Marcos used Jane Ryan", special prosecutor Ryan Quilala told reporters.
This is all the information we have so far but watch this space as this story develops. More than half of the roughly $10 billion allegedly siphoned out of the Philippines by the Marcos regime remains unaccounted for.
Further complicating the political situation is that Marcos managed to win a seat in the House of Representatives four times despite these long-standing legal complaints, and is running for governor of the Ilocos Norte province, a position now held by her daughter Imee.
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Leno said: "First of all, it gives me confidence to play in big games like this". "But I think it pushes us because nobody is safe to play".
"As such, we manifest our respect to the decision of the Sandiganbayan finding former First Lady and incumbent Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos guilty of the seven out of the ten cases filed against her", he added.
Imelda is running for governor in Ilocos Norte, a province in the northern tip of the Philippines' main Luzon Island, in the 2019 midterm elections.
"I was jumping up and down in joy in disbelief", said former Commission on Human Rights chairwoman Loretta Ann Rosales, who was among many activists locked up after Imelda's husband, former President Ferdinand Marcos, declared martial law in the Philippines in 1972.
He died in self-imposed exile in Hawaii in 1989. The former commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Good Government said the verdict could be reversed by a Supreme Court that is mostly composed of judges appointed by the Philippines' "Marcos-idolising" President Rodrigo Duterte.
Panelo was Imelda's lawyer in a previous corruption case and ran for senator under her political banner.