Philippines' Ex-First Lady Imelda Marcos Guilty of Graft

Elias Hubbard
November 9, 2018

The widow of the late dictator is facing dozens of protracted graft cases that have hounded her since her family was toppled in an army-backed popular uprising in 1986.

No one has issued any reaction on her behalf, although her lawyers were expected to appeal the ruling, which anti-Marcos activists and human rights victims welcomed as long overdue.

The Office of the Ombudsman filed 10 graft cases from 1991 to 1995, stemming from Marcos' alleged funneling of funds to private organizations she created in Switzerland from 1968 to 1984 while holding various government posts during her husband's term.

Marcos, who has served three terms as a member of congress, has registered to contest an election to succeed her daughter, Imee Marcos, 62, as governor of Ilocos Norte, the stronghold of the Marcos family.

Ferdinand Marcos, who along with his cronies was accused of pilfering $10 billion from the Philippines, fled with his family to the U.S. after a people's uprising ended his 20-year rule in 1986.

Marcos maintained accounts with the Swiss Bank Corporation for the said foundations "for the benefit of the accused and her late husband", according to the charge sheets.

The Marcos dynasty still has huge political power and influence in the Philippines.

Sison said Imelda should be immediately arrested and return all stolen money from the Filipino people.

Imelda Marcos was acquitted on Friday in three other cases, which were filed in 1991 and took almost three decades of trial by several judges and prosecutors.

Is Duterte targeting corruption watchdog investigators? Imelda's son Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr narrowly lost the vice-presidential election in 2016, a result he is now challenging, and many see him as the natural successor to President Duterte.

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin said the guilty verdict handed down to Marcos "rejects" the clan's attempt to revise the history of the Martial Law years, which was marred by killings, torture, disappearances, media oppression, and corruption that has left the Philippine economy reeling to this day.

Duterte allowed Marcos' embalmed body to be buried at a special heroes' cemetery in 2016, and the president is often accompanied at official events by Imee Marcos.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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