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Not-so-happy birthday: Cynthia Villar laments timing of Imelda Marcos’ graft conviction

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Senator Cynthia Villar believes Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos’ graft conviction could not have come at a worse time for her daughter, Imee.

“Nagbirthday siya [Imee] kahapon e, bad timing nga,” Villar told dwIZ radio Saturday.

Imee, the governor of Ilocos Norte, celebrated her birthday on Friday (November 9) though her actual natal day is on November 12.

The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division found Imelda 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.

Villar said Imelda’s conviction will not have any bearing on the senatorial bid of Imee, who is running under the Nacionalista Party.