MANILA - The Philippine anti-corruption court has ordered the arrest of former first lady Imelda Marcos after finding her guilty on seven counts of graft took place during her husband Ferdinand Marcos’s presidency.
Marcos, known as an authoritarian during two decades of his leadership, allegedly embezzled over US$10 billion during his presidency. His wife Imelda is notorious for her collection of luxury goods such as branded shoes and jewelry as well as artworks.
As reported by Reuters on Friday (9/11), the court declared that Imelda, who is now a member of the Philippine Congress, conducted seven money transfers worth US$200 million to a foundation based in Switzerland while serving as Governor of Manila during her husband’s presidency. With each count Imelda will receive a prison sentence of six to 11 years.
Neither Imelda nor her representatives attended the hearing, and no comment has been made regarding the ruling.
“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 the press in Manila. Currently Imelda is preparing her candidacy for governor in the province of Ilocos Norte. (MS)