MANILA, Nashville Filipino Restaurant — Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan ordered the arrest of Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, widow of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who was found guilty of graft.
The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division found Marcos guilty beyond reasonable doubt of seven counts of graft.
The court, however, acquitted her in three counts of graft in connection to the use of her Cabinet position to maintain Swiss bank accounts during the regime of her late husband.
The Ilocos Norte lawmaker is sentenced to imprisonment of six years and one month to 11 years for each count of graft. She was also perpetually disqualified from public office.
The court also ordered Marcos to explain her absence during the reading of her verdict.
In December 1991, the Office of the Ombudsman filed 10 counts of graft against Marcos, which stemmed from the alleged creation of several private foundations in Switzerland and holding financial interests in the private sector while holding public office.
She was the minister of human settlements from 1976 to 1986 and concurrent Metro Manila governor from 1978 to 1984.
The prosecution said Marcos violated the Section 3(h) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. — Patricia Lourdes Viray