Vice President Leni Robredo believes the Sandiganbayan’s conviction of former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos for graft is just the start of more guilty verdicts for her.
Robredo on Sunday (November 11) welcomed the Sandiganbayan’s ruling finding Marcos guilty of graft for having financial interests in seven foundations when she was a government official while her husband, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was President.
“Tingin natin, Ka Ely, umpisa lang ito. Marami pang ibang mga charges na madedesisyunan in the coming days,” she said on her radio show.
Robredo said the former First Lady’s conviction proves the Marcoses’ allegation wrong that no member of their family has been convicted of any crime in connection with the rampant corruption during the patriarch’s rule.
“Kahit may mga conviction sa labas ng bansa, parating sinasabing walang conviction. Ito na siguro—ito, mayroong conviction sa Sandiganbayan,” she said.
While Robredo believes Marcos’ camp will appeal the Sandiganbayan’s ruling before the Supreme Court, she considered it a victory for Martial Law victims seeking justice over the atrocities that happened during the period of authoritarian rule.
Marcos 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.