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.
In a radio interview. Robredo noted that Mrs. Marcos’ conviction is just a proof of their hideous crimes to the Filipino people. She then proceeded that the conviction of the former first lady will give justice to the victims of the Marcos era.
“Ito kasi, lalo na kapag eleksyon, parati itong dine-deny. Naging isyu ito noong eleksyon; parating sinasabi wala naman daw conviction. Ito, ang pakiramdam natin, hustisya ito para sa mga naging biktima ng Martial Law,” she said.
Imelda, the wife of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos, has been convicted on seven counts of graft in connection with her financial interests in Swiss-based foundations during her time as Minister of Human Settlements and interim member of Congress. She was then sentenced to a minimum of six years and one month to a maximum prison sentence of 11 years for each count and has been perpetually disqualified from holding public office.
Marcos’ camp is set to file an appeal on the said case, however, Robredo wishes that the Supreme court will uphold the ruling and reiterated that Imelda’s age should not serve as a justification for her to evade imprisonment.
“Mali iyong sinasabi nila na dahil lampas na ng 70 years old, hindi na makukulong kasi ito lang naman ay isa sa mga mitigating circumstances under sa Revised Penal Code na bababaan iyong hatol dahil sa edad,” Robredo said.
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.