The Office of the Sandiganbayan finds former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos guilty from her seven counts of graft.
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.
In line with the said decision, the court already issued a warrant of arrest against the wife of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
Neither Mrs. Marcos nor her lawyers were present during the promulgation.
Mrs. Marcos’ camp has been given by the court 30 days to explain why they failed to appear in court during the promulgation.
It took 27 years before the Sandiganbayan was able to issue its decision. The cases were filed in 1991.
The cases stemmed after the Office of the Ombudsman accused Mrs. Marcos of transferring their family’s ill-gotten wealth of roughly US$ 30 million to a French bank when their declared income from 1965 t0 1985 was less than US$1 million.
The Marcos regime ended after 20 years when then President Marcos was ousted from his post via the February 1986 people power revolution.