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Lacson calls deferment of Imelda warrant ‘ugly side of due process’

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Senator Ping Lacson on Wednesday branded the deferment of a warrant for the arrest of former First Lady Imelda Marcos as “the ugly side of due process,” which must nonetheless be “observed.”

“While that could be the ugly side of due process, nevertheless, it is enshrined in our constitution and must be observed,” he said.

But Lacson said Marcos’ case showed the double standard in the justice system for people in power.

“Having said that, if it were an ordinary Juan or Juana de la Cruz without access to pricey lawyers, he or she would have been hauled to prison upon conviction and while awaiting appeal,” he said.

“It happens all the time. While we may not like it, that is how justice is served in our country,” Lacson said.

On Friday, Marcos was convicted on seven counts of graft by the Sandiganbayan antigraft court.

However, police teams were not deployed even after she was already sentenced to multiple prison terms on graft charges.

It can be recalled that police went to the Senate in anticipation of a warrant of arrest that was expected to be issued against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV by a Makati court. But in a surprising decision, the judge junked the case against Trillanes.