Imelda Marcos allowed temporary liberty while appealing graft conviction

Imelda Marcos allowed temporary liberty while appealing graft conviction

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

The Sandiganbayan has allowed convicted former First Lady and incumbent Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos to avail post conviction remedies.

The anti-graft court’s fifth division in a resolution on dated November 28 granted Marcos’ “Motion for Leave to Avail of Post Conviction Remedies.”

The resolution will allow the 89-year old former First Lady to file a motion for reconsideration following her graft conviction last November 9.

The Ilocos Norte solon was also allowed to enjoy “provisional liberty” during the pendency of her appeal provided that she will “post a cash bond double the amount of her original bond.”

“Mrs. Marcos was give fifteen days to avail post-conviction remedies under the rules, which would be either her filing of Motion for Reconsideration or a Notice of Appeal,” the resolution read.

Last November 16, Marcos was allowed by the court to post a bail bond amounting to P150,000 for seven counts of graft.

Marcos was sentenced to prison between six years and one month to 11 years for each of the seven graft charges for using her previous cabinet position to maintain multiple Swiss bank accounts.

Marcos, widow of former President and late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, served as Minister of Human Settlement during the latter part of her late husband’s regime.

Aside from imprisonment, the court also ordered Marcos’ perpetual disqualification from holding any position in the government.

Last November 27, the camp of Marcos notified the anti-graft court of her plans to appeal her graft at the Supreme Court (SC).

In her Notice to Appeal ad Cautelam, Marcos asked the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division to transmit all the records of her case before the high tribunal.

On Thursday, the convicted solon decided to withdrew the gubernatorial bid in Ilocos Norte for the upcoming 2019 midterm polls.

Marcos’ grandson, incumbent provincial Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc, made a last-minute replacement and will be the one to run as Ilocos Norte Governor under the Partido Nacionalista (NP) on the last day of substitution of candidates for next year’s elections.

Manotoc, son of incumbent Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, will be battling former House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas in next year’s gubernatorial race in province.

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