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Philippine court orders arrest of ex-first lady Imelda Marcos for graft

Philippine court orders arrest of ex-first lady Imelda Marcos for graft”

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

According to a decision by the anti-graft court on Friday, Marcos is sentenced to imprisonment of from six years to one month, up to 11 years for each count.

The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division also ordered the issuance of an arrest warrant against Mrs. Marcos. She is also perpetually disqualified from holding any public office.

Marcos, who is serving her third straight term 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 still powerful Marcos family.

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"He (Lazaro) is presently studying the decision and has advised us that he intends to file a motion for reconsideration", Marcos said.

"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 died in self-exile in Hawaii in 1989 but his widow and children returned to the Philippines.

Imelda Marcos, 89, was the wife of late president Ferdinand Marcos, and famous for owning 1,000 pairs of shoes.

On the other hand, Marcos was acquitted in three of her other graft charges involving local corporations due to the insufficiency of evidence against her. She was a no-show at her case's promulgation so she will be given 30 days to give a reason as to why. He indicated the family still denied that the assets had been stolen as alleged by political opponents.



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