Newsflash: Imelda Marcos Isn't the First Senior Citizen to Commit a Crime

Age shouldn't affect accountability.

 
ILLUSTRATOR War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) On November 9, the Sandiganbayan ordered Ilocos Norte representative Imelda Marcos to be arrested after she was found guilty of seven counts of graft. As of writing, no warrants have been issued yet, and Marcos even celebrated her daughter Imee’s 63rd birthday that night, partying with government officials, including Davao City mayor Sara Duterte. The Philippine National Police has also seemed loath to arrest Marcos, with Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), saying, "Ito kasi wala tayong nakikitang magiging problema sa kanya dahil unang-una may edad na, babae," and adding, "We have to take into consideration the age, in any arrest or anybody for that matter, that has to be taken into consideration, the health, the age."

This hesitation to arrest senior citizens certainly seems to be a new development. Here are a few examples of elderly people who have either been arrested or are currently imprisoned.

Flaviana Sagapsapan

Now 94 years old, Sagapsapan was arrested in August 2018 on charges of parricide.  She was arrested in Dapitan City immediately after a warrant came out. Sagapsapan was said to have been the mastermind, along with her deceased husband, of the 2004 killing of their son over a land dispute.

Ricardo Castro

In 2012, Castro was 79 years old when he was arrested for allegedly stealing chocolates at a grocery store in Tondo.

Gregorio Quijano

In June 2018, Quijano was arrested in Cebu. The 67-year-old was accused by his teenage neighbor of rape.

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Members of KADAMAY

Senior citizens ranging in age from 64 to 83, who are members of the urban poor community group KADAMAY, were arrested in 2017 during a raid in Barangay Apollo, Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

Petra Lukingan

Known as “Lola Petra,” she was arrested in her late '80s and served three years at the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong. She was accused of falsification of public documents, even though she was illiterate. In 2014, she was 90 years old, making her the oldest inmate at the facility at the time. Lola Petra was freed in 2015, along with a few other elderly inmates.

Clearly, the PNP hasn't had any problems arresting senior citizens before, so it's a bit of a surprise to hear about their newfound consideration for the elderly. We're sure that other senior citizens will be treated with the same level of care and sensitivity that the PNP is giving Marcos right now.

Update: The Sandiganbayan's Fifth Division issued a warrant for Marcos' arrest dated November 9, 2018, for her 'unjustifiable' absence during the hearing.

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