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Imelda taps ex-CA Justice Lazaro as interim lawyer after graft conviction

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Former First Lady and incumbent Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos has tapped the services of retired Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Manuel “Lolong” Lazaro following the former’s graft conviction at the anti-graft court on Friday.

In a statement, Marcos said Lazaro would act as her new counsel in an interim capacity since her attorney of record, Robert Sison, has been indisposed and is presently confined at a private hospital in Muntinlupa City.

Both the former First Lady and Sison were a no-show during Friday’s promulgation, wherein the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division sentenced Marcos was sentenced to prison between six years and one month to 11 years for each of the seven counts of graft for using her previous cabinet position to maintain multiple Swiss bank accounts.

Marcos said Lazaro was presently studying the decision and has advised them that he intends to file a Motion for Reconsideration.

The former presiding justice of the appellate court has also previously appeared as counsel in the case.

Lazaro is a well-known loyalist of the Marcos family, serving various key positions during the presidency of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos from 1976 to 1986.

During those period, Lazaro served as Government Corporate Counsel (GCC) with the rank and privileges of Presiding Justice of the CA.

Lazaro served as legal counsel of at least 70 government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCC) then, which include the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Metropolitan Sewerage System (MWSS), National Power Corporation (NPC), Philippine Airlines (PAL), Philippine National Bank (PNB), and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).

He later founded M. M. Lazaro and Associates following his retirement from government service in 1987.

Lazaro’s law firm specializes in corporate and litigation matters either as counselors or court advocates. It is the retained counsel of reputable companies and business engaged in various fields including banking, real estate, and insurance.