By APD writer Melo M. Acuna
MANILA, Nov.9 (APD) -- Former Philippine First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, 89 years old and now sitting as Congresswoman of Ilocos Norte’s Second District, was found guilty of graft in connection with her alleged financial interests in several Switzerland-based foundations during her time as Minister of Human Settlements.
The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division found her guilty of seven counts of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and was sentenced to a minimum of six years and one month to a maximum prison term of 11 years for “each count” of graft.
Mrs. Marcos, who failed to attend the promulgation, was perpetually disqualified from holding public office.
Media reports disclosed Fifth Division chairperson Associate Justice Rafael Lagos ordered the issuance of a warrant of arrest against the incumbent lawmaker although the court has yet to specify the amount of bail required for her temporary liberty.
She was also acquitted for three counts of graft involving foundations with offices in the Philippines where she allegedly had financial ties.
Mrs. Marcos is running for governor of Ilocos Norte next year and may still run until the decision has been rendered final and executory.
In a statement released late Friday afternoon, Congresswoman Imelda Romualdez Marcos said they have just received a copy of the Sandigabayan’s 5th Division which was promulgated today.
“Unfortunately, my Attorney of Record, Atty. Robert Sison, has been indisposed and is presently confined at the Asian Hospital,” she said in her statement.
She added retired Court of Appeals Justice Manuel “Lolong” Lazaro, who previously appeared as counsel in this case, “will act as my counsel in the interim.”
The former First Lady said Justice Lazaro is presently studying the decision and has advised her that he intends to file a Motion for Reconsideration.”
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)