Former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos has blamed her cook over her failure to attend the Sandiganbayan’s promulgation of ruling convicting her of graft.
In a manifestation submitted to the anti-graft court Friday (November 16), Marcos said she only heard about her conviction on November 9 when she turned on the television at her Makati home to watch the news.
She said she was clueless about the promulgation since her abogado, Robert Sison, usually informed her beforehand about any court appearance.
Marcos said she later learned that Sison had “medical problems” and had to be treated at a hospital.
When the former First Lady asked her staff about the notice of promulgation she was supposed to receive before November 9, she was told that it was received by her cook.
“It turns out that an envelope from the Court was received by my cook and she placed the same in the room of my secretary, Shirley Torio. Unfortunately, Ms. Torio was not with me that week because she had to return to the province to attend the funeral of her aunt,” Marcos said.
The former First Lady said she was hoping the Sandiganbayan would understand about her need to be assisted by her staff since she is already 89 years old.
“It was never my intention to ignore or disobey any notices or directives issued by the Court and I humbly apologize for whatever inconvenience my absence on 9 November 2018 have caused,” she said.
The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division found Marcos 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.
The Sandiganbayan, however, allowed Marcos on Friday to post a P150,000 bail pending its ruling on her motion to seek remedies post-conviction.