Imelda Marcos to appeal graft conviction

Imelda Marcos is assisted to her car after visiting her husband's tomb

The former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos has been found guilty of corruption and is facing up to a decade in jail.

The verdict from the anti-graft Sandiganbayan court orders her to serve a minimum of six years behind bars for each of the seven charges that the Marcoses funnelled roughly $200 million through Swiss foundations decades ago.

In 1993, the Sandiganbayan also convicted the former First Lady for graft in a separate case but the Supreme Court overturned the decision in 2003, saving her from a 12-year prison sentence.

With her conviction, Marcos is sentenced to imprisonment of 6 years and 1 month to 11 years for each of the 7 counts, with perpetual disqualification from public office.

Her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, was ousted by a "people power" revolt in 1986 and died in 1989.

"He is presently studying the decision and has advised us that he intends to file a motion for reconsideration", she added.


Marcos, who is now a member of the House of Representatives, is running for a governor post in next year's general election.

Marcos critics rejoiced at the news of the conviction, which came almost three decades after the case was filed in 1991.

The family's notoriety stems back to Ferdinand Marcos declaring martial law in 1972.

The Marcos family has refused to admit guilt on human rights abuses and corruption - including an estimated $10 billion (roughly ₱500 billion) allegedly stolen from government coffers - during the late President's term.

Duterte has acknowledged that Imee Marcos, the couple's daughter and a provincial governor, backed his presidential candidacy, and she is running for senator under Duterte's political alliance. "This comes at the heels of a time when the Marcos family is desperately trying to revise history and clear their name of the crimes they have committed".

Duterte's spokesman, Salvador Panelo, said in a statement the ruling against Imelda Marcos was proof that the executive "is not in the business of exerting undue interference or influence" on courts, and therefore respects the decision. He has also allowed the late dictator's body to be buried in the country's heroes' cemetery in 2016.

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