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Robredo dismayed at P150K bail for Imelda Marcos: Barya lang ‘yan sa kanya

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Vice President Leni Robredo is calling on the Sandiganbayan to “correct” the “mistake” of allowing former first lady Imelda Marcos to post bail, after being convicted of graft.

Robredo said it was “saddening” that the widow of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was allowed to walk free after the conviction, and allowed to post a P150,000 bail while her camp’s motion for leave of court.

“Sana ma-correct ‘yong kamalian na ito,” she said in an interview with ABS-CBN during her visit to San Remigio, Cebu. “[N]abiktima na nga ‘yong taumbayan, mabibiktima ulit dahil sa improper dispensation ng justice.”

“Inaasahan natin na, because of the conviction, ipakita pa din ng Sandiganbayan sa taumbayan na hindi siya namimili. Kung paano niya i-treat ‘yong mahihirap, sana ganoon din ‘yong pag-treat sa lahat,” she added. “Kasi kapag hindi niya ‘yon ginawa, na-e-erode ‘yong trust and confidence natin sa justice system.”

The Vice President, who narrowly defeated Imelda’s son, Bongbong, in the 2016 elections, also viewed the amount of bail as an insult.

“’Yong P150,000 na bail, napakaliit considering the enormity no’ng ninakaw,” she said. “Pangalawa, barya lang ‘yon sa kaniya, eh. Barya lang ‘yong P150,000… [P]arang nilibre mo na lang.”