The verdict of the Sandiganbayan against former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos is a reminder to corrupt officials that the government will run after them and make them pay for their crimes.
This was Malacanang’s reaction after the anti-graft court found Marcos guilty on her seven counts of graft and will be facing up to 77 years of life imprisonment.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said that President Rodrigo Duterte respects the decision of the court and it only proves the impartiality of the hands of Justice.
The graft charges against Mrs. Marcos were filed by the Office of the Ombudsman in 1991. The Ombudsman accused Mrs. Marcos of using her position in government during the Marcos regime to protect the millions of dollars they amassed and deposited it a Swiss account.
The Marcos family allegedly was able to amass more than US$200 million during Martial Law.