Published: Friday 09 November, 2018

Imelda Marcos GUILTY of 7 Counts of Graft, Sentenced to At least 6 Years in Jail!

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Imelda Marcos guilty said the Sandiganbayan. (Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Imelda Marcos got to jail? How soon because we can’t wait to see her behind bars. This after Imelda was found guilty of seven counts of graft by the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division. A warrant of arrest will soon be issued against the former first lady.

According to the promulgation by the Sandiganbayan Friday, Imelda Marcos is guilty of graft for her illegal financial interests in Swiss-based foundations from 1978 to 1984. At the time, Imelda was first lady, Minister of Human Settlements, Manila governor and Batasan Pambansa representative.

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“Judgment is hereby rendered finding the accused, Imelda R. Marcos, guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violation of R.A. No. 3019, Section 3(h),” said the Sandiganbayan decision.

“Whereby she is sentenced in each case to suffer an indeterminate penalty of imprisonment of six years and one month, as minimum, to 11 years, as maximum, with perpetual disqualification from holding public office,” it adds.

So, when will Imelda go jail? Is she now disqualified from running in the 2019 elections after filing her candidacy for governor of Ilocos Norte last month?

Unfortunately, the case is bailable until it is final and executory. Which means, Imelda Marcos can still file bail while she appeals the case at the Sandiganbayan and up to the Supreme Court. She can also run in the elections next year until the decision is final.

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And, with Imelda already in her late 80s, she may die before it becomes final. Such is justice in the Philippines!

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Imelda Marcos may never be jailed because of the length appeals process in the Philippines. (Erik de Castro/Reuters)


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