By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
The camp of former First Lady and incumbent Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos has filed a motion before the anti-graft court to avail post conviction remedies following last week’s promulgation that rendered a guilty verdict against her for seven counts of graft.
On Monday, the camp of Mrs. Marcos Lazaro appeared before the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division and filed a Motion for Leave of Court to Avail Post Conviction Remedies.
Under the procedure, Mrs. Marcos is asking the anti-graft court to avail legal remedies such as filing of motion for reconsideration, lifting of arrest warrant or motion to post bail following her conviction.
The 89-year old Ilocos Norte solon last week was sentenced to prison between six years and one month to 11 years for each of the seven counts of graft for using her previous cabinet position to maintain multiple Swiss bank accounts.
Marcos, widow of former dictator and President Ferdinand Marcos, served as Minister of Human Settlement from 1978 to 1986.
Aside from imprisonment, the court also ordered Marcos’ perpetual disqualification from holding any position in the government.
The former First Lady is set to run as governor in her late husband’s native province in next year’s midterm elections.
Meanwhile, Marcos formally marked the entry of its new legal team under retired Court of Appeals Associate Justice Manuel “Lolong” Lazaro.
In a separate motion on Monday, Lazaro’s law firm M.M. Lazaro and Associates will be the official legal counsel that will represent Mrs. Marcos in the anti-graft court.
Marcos’ previous lawyer, Robert Sison was not present during Friday’s promulgation after he was reportedly “indisposed and is presently confined” at a private hospital in Muntinlupa City.