Imelda Marcos Ordered Arrested by the Sandiganbayan for Graft
Are we dreaming?
(SPOT.ph) An arrest order has been issued by the Sandiganbayan against Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos for seven counts of graft. The cases have been running for 27 years now, with 10 graft cases being filed against Marcos in 1991 for creating private foundations and having financial interests in private companies during her time as the Minister of Human Settlements, governor of Metro Manila, and member of the Interim Batasang Pambansa. Various related hearings have been conducted over the decades, and Marcos was previously acquitted on three counts of graft.
Aside from being sentenced to imprisonment for a minimum of six years to a maximum of 11 years and one month, Marcos is also perpetually disqualified from running for public office. She has earlier filed for her candidacy as governor of Ilocos Norte, running in the 2019 midterm elections. However, according to Ombudsman prosecutor Rey Quilala, Marcos can still run until the Ombudsman’s decision is final and executory.
This fresh breath of justice is likely to be short-lived, given that previous cases slapped against Marcos have been dismissed by the Supreme Court, no less. She is also allowed to post bail and appeal the case to the Supreme Court. Then there’s also the fact that Philippine public officials have a penchant for suddenly falling ill every time justice looks them in the eye, but for now, this development is something to savor for as long as it lasts.