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Albayalde wary of arresting Imelda Marcos due to old age: Baka magalit sa ‘tin ang matanda

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The Philippine National Police isn’t in a rush to arrest former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos despite a Sandiganbayan decision ordering her to be jailed for a minimum of six months for graft.

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde told reporters on Monday (November 12) that Marcos’ age and health are factors they are considering in connection with her arrest.

“The former First Lady hindi naman natin siya… baka magalit sa atin ang matanda. May edad na kasi. Unang-una, we have to take into consideration the edad, ‘yung age… In any arrest, that has to be taken into consideration, ‘yung health, the age…,” he said in a press briefing.

As of Monday morning, the Sandiganbayan has yet to issue an arrest warrant for Marcos.

Albayalde, however, said the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) will be in charge in case the police is ordered to arrest the former First Lady.

Marcos will be brought to the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame in case the arrest warrant for her is issued by the anti-graft court, the PNP chief added.

“Kung talagang may kautusan ‘yung korte na dito talaga dadalhin sa amin, ‘yung facility naman namin is ready to accommodate the former First Lady. Palaging malinis ‘yan. We welcome anybody… We have custodial facilities that are ready to accommodate mga politicians,” Albayalde said.

The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division found Marcos guilty of graft over her alleged financial interests in foundations based in Switzerland when she was Minister of Human Settlements and an interim member of Congress during the presidency of her husband, Ferdinand Marcos.

The former First Lady was sentenced to a minimum of six years and one month to a maximum prison sentence of 11 years for each of the seven counts of graft she was found guilty of.