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Kiko on Imelda’s conviction: Give her no special treatment

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Senator Kiko Pangilinan on Friday applauded the Sandiganbayan for its decision to convict former First Lady Imelda Marcos for seven counts of graft.

But he said he hoped the 89-year-old Marcos would not be treated any special.

“We hope our courts will see this through conviction and give no special treatment to Mrs. Marcos,” Pangilinan said in a statement.

“We welcome the Sandiganbayan decision finding the late dictator’s widow Imelda Marcos guilty beyond reasonable doubt of graft, or exploiting her position to steal the people’s money and betraying their trust,” he said.

The Sandiganbayan conviction, according to the Liberal Party president, “is a faithful reminder that the Marcoses have plundered the nation’s wealth and have stolen from the people, no matter how much efforts to revise history are done by the Marcos family and their cohorts.”

“We applaud the order for her arrest and her perpetual disqualification from holding public office, especially as she is running for governor of Ilocos Norte,” he said.

Pangilinan also emphasized how long it took to convict Marcos.

“However, we would like to point out that this case is from at least 34 years ago. This points to how long and therefore frustrating the Philippine judicial system is, and especially in relation to how powerful and powerfully entrenched the accused are,” he said.

“Ordinary Filipinos pay the price of their mistakes right away, like the jeepney driver who has to pay kotong as soon as he is caught,” he said.

“Let us ensure that this people’s win of justice becomes a reality. Let us work for a judicial system where no one is above the law,” Pangilinan said.

 

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