Court orders arrest of ex-first lady for graft

Cheryl Sanders
November 9, 2018

This just in: According to Inquirer.net, Imelda Marcos "has been found guilty of seven counts of graft by the Sandinganbayan's Fifth Division".

Imelda Marcos, 89, is facing a jail sentence of between six and 11 years for each count of graft. She was once convicted of a graft case in 1993, but the Supreme Court later cleared her of any wrongdoing.

The court disqualified Marcos from holding public office but she can remain a member of the powerful House of Representatives while appealing the decision.


This is all the information we have so far but watch this space as this story develops. Imelda Marcos in particular was known for her flaunting her opulent lifestyle while the country languished in poverty and civil unrest.

The arrest of Marcos, who was not present at the trial, was ordered immediately after the verdict was read out at.

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


Marcos, who is now a member of the House of Representatives, is running for a governor post in next year's general election. She is allowed to apply for bail.

The corruption court found Marcos guilty of seven counts of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The family fled to Hawaii in 1986 when the army and the Philippine people turned against the president in a bloodless popular revolt.


Ferdinand Marcos had placed the Philippines under martial rule a year before his term was to expire. His family is said to have amassed an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion while he was in power. The Marcos family is a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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