By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Convicted former First Lady and incumbent Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos on Thursday formally apologized to the anti-graft court after skipping the scheduled promulgation last week that rendered a guilty verdict against her.
In her Motion for Leave of Court to Avail Post Conviction Remedies, Marcos said her failure to appear in her promulgation day last November 9 “was neither nor meant to disrespect” the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division since she was “indisposed” during that date.
“At the outset, the accused humbly apologizes to his Honorable Court for her absence the the scheduled promulgation of judgment on 09 November 2018,” the motion read.
Marcos stressed she decided note to attend her supposed judgment day since “it will put her at risk heart and brain attack and recurrence of seizure.”
The Ilocos Norte solon sought the court’s permission that “her standing be restored and that she be given leave to avail of the remedies provided under the Rules of Criminal Procedures against her judgment of conviction.”
The anti-graft court’s Fifth Division sentenced Marcos to prison between six years and one month to 11 years for each of the seven counts of graft in connection with her alleged Swiss bank accounts.
On Tuesday, the court has issued a “bench warrant” against Marcos and ordered the clerk of court to issue an arrest order against her due the “unjustified absence” of the former First Lady and her legal counsel Robert Sison.
The court forfeited the bonds submitted by Marcos in her seven graft charges due to their non-appearance last November 9.
Despite citing health reason for her non-appearance, Marcos was caught partying during the night after her promulgation. Several photos circulated online wherein, the Ilocos Norte solon attended was having fun at the 63rd birthday of her eldest daughter, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos.