Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has asked the public to be “fair” to the Marcoses after the Sandiganbayan allowed former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos to post bail while pursuing legal remedies to her graft conviction.
In an interview aired over dwIZ radio Saturday (December 1), Pimentel said the Constitution allows all accused to post bail for their charges except if the supposed violation is so severe as to merit life imprisonment.
“Kung naging unfair sa atin ‘yung mga Marcoses, maging fair tayo sa kanila para makita naman nila na ang laban natin ngayon ay patas unlike sa panahon nila na hindi patas and laban,” he said.
The Sandiganbayan found Marcos guilty of seven counts of graft in connection with her financial interests in foundations based in Switzerland while her husband, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was President.
While the court sentenced Marcos to prison for her conviction, it recently released a resolution allowing her to post a P300,000 bail and enjoy temporary liberty while she appeals the ruling.
Marcos recently informed the Sandiganbayan she has decided to take her case to the Supreme Court instead of waiting for the anti-graft court to decide on her appeal.