Known to be colleagues, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo remained mum in the graft case of Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos following her alleged financial interests in Swiss-based foundations, of which she was found guilty by the Sandiganbayan.
When asked about her opinion on the case of the former First Lady, Arroyo said: “I have no comment to make.”
In a decision issued on Friday by the Sandiganbayan fifth division, Marcos was found guilty of using her position as Minister of Human Settlement and Environment Management and member of the Interim Batasang Pambansa during the Marcos regime to protect their multiple Swiss bank accounts.
Based on the said decision by the anti-graft court, Mrs. Marcos may be facing 42 to 77 years of imprisonment, as she has been sentenced to six to 11 years and one month of imprisonment, for each of her seven graft charges.
Aside from imprisonment, a perpetual disqualification from holding any government post has been imposed on the lawmaker.
Vice President Leni Robredo addressed on Sunday that the conviction of former First Lady and now Ilocos Representative Imelda Marcos is clearly a manifestation of the crimes they committed during the Marcos regime.
She also added that the 70-year-old Marcos was seen partying with relatives and friends during her daughter Imee’s birthday celebration on the same day that the Sandiganbayan’s promulgation was released.
Also reported present during the celebration were Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, former senator Juan Ponce Enrile, Solicitor General Jose Calida, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
In a statement following her conviction, Marcos said her lawyer is considering filing a motion for reconsideration to the Sandiganbayan’s guilty verdict.