Former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda Marcos on Friday said her camp "intends to file a motion for reconsideration" on the Sandiganbayan's guilty verdict against her on seven counts of graft. Aside from this decision, she is no longer allowed to hold any position in public office.
Her daughter, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, said they have yet to know the details of her mother's conviction.
The court's fifth division acquitted her in three counts of corruption.
With her conviction, Marcos is sentenced to imprisonment of 6 years and 1 month to 11 years for each of the 7 counts, with perpetual disqualification from public office.
"We presented former prime minister Cesar Virata, and according to his testimony eh hindi naman directly ma-pinpoint 'yun participation ni First Lady, so hindi ganun kasama ang loob namin as to the local corporations, (he can not directly pinpoint the participation of the First Lady, so we are not that dissatisfied with the results as to the local corporations)", he said.
Mrs. Marcos served as the Minister of Human Settlements and was a member of the Interim Batasan Pambansa during her husband's presidency and dictatorship from 1965 to 1986. Imelda's son Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr narrowly lost the vice-presidential election in 2016, a result he is now challenging, and many see him as the natural successor to President Duterte.
Marcos was not present at the court but a warrant has now been issued for her arrest. Chairperson Emeritus Etta Rosales said, "This legal victory is a two-decade struggle by the fearless Filipino people". However, he believes Marcos should not be put to jail considering her old age.
Ombudsman prosecutor Rey Quilala explained in an interview after the promulgation that the amounts involved with the foundations vary, and it is hard to give an exact number because they used different currencies, namely francs and dollars.
The case has been pending with the anti-graft court for 27 years. But, I am not certain Imelda should be jailed.
"The law says if there is no final conviction, you can still run", Panelo told ANC's Dateline Philippines.