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Hontiveros: Imelda conviction ‘an important lesson in justice’

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Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros on Friday said former First Lady Imelda Marcos’ conviction on graft charges was a timely response to the “fake news” propagated by the Marcos family revising history and erasing their role in the plunder of the country’s wealth.

“This is an important lesson in justice,” the Akbayan senator said in a statement.

“The Marcoses may be able to temporarily evade accountability, they may be able, for the moment, to cheat history and whitewash their crimes with the use of ‘alternative facts’ and fake news, they may climb their way back to power and even hide behind the back of President Rodrigo Duterte, but justice will eventually push its way through their walls of impunity,” she said.

“They can dam a river but they can never dam the ocean. The waves of justice will always find a way to make them accountable,” Hontiveros said.

She said she hoped the ruling would serve as a crucial electoral guide to voters in the 2019 midterm election.

“The people must not allow historical revisionism and the shameful trail of plunder, murder and dictatorship to win in the ballot box. The Filipino people must not allow our elections to be used to invalidate the people’s struggle against the Marcos dictatorship,” she said.

“I call on the public to closely monitor this case and all the other cases filed against the Marcoses. We must not allow the Marcos family to influence and undermine our collective process to search for truth, justice and accountability,” Hontiveros said.