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Rep. Imelda Marcos set to appeal graft conviction

Former First Lady Imelda Marcos (R) sits next to fellow lawmaker and socialite Rosemarie Baby Arenas during the opening of the Philippine Congress, ahead of the State of the Nation address by President Rodrigo Duterte, in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

The camp of former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos is set to file an appeal on Sandiganbayan’s decision of convicting her on the seven counts of graft.

In a statement issued by the office of Gov. Imee Marcos, it states that Mrs. Marcos already received the copy of the decision of the Sandiganbayan’s fifth division which was promulgated on Friday, Nov. 9.

However neither Mrs. Marcos nor her legal counsel were present during the promulgation. In the statement, the former first lady said that her attorney of record, Atty. Robert Sison wasn’t able to attend because he is currently confined at the Asian Hospital.

In line with the recent court’s decision, Mrs. Marcos will temporarily be represented by Justice Lolong Lazaro, who previously appeared in court as part of her counsel.

Mrs. Marcos has been advised that they will be filing a motion for reconsideration.

The anti-graft court on Friday issued a guilty verdict against Mrs. Marcos on charges that were filed some 27 years ago.

The office of the Ombudsman has accused the lawmaker of using her post in government during the Marcos regime to protect their amassed ill-gotten wealth that were deposited in several Swiss bank accounts.

Mrs. Marcos is facing up to 77 years of imprisonment and a perpetual disqualification on holding any government post.

The court also ordered the immediate arrest of the 89 year old lawmaker.

 

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