Philippine court finds Imelda Marcos guilty of graft

Imelda Marcos

Meanwhile, the court acquitted her of three counts of graft.

A court in the Philippines has sentenced former first lady Imelda Marcos to prison for corruption.

Rosales said the decision was a huge setback to efforts by the Marcos family to revise history by denying numerous atrocities under the dictatorship, and urged Filipinos to fight all threats against democracy and civil liberties.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will arrest former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos once the court issues an arrest warrant.

According to the decision made earlier today, Imelda will be facing six years and one month in prison and "up to 11 years for each count".

She is now a member of the House of Representatives for Ilocos Norte.

The court's decision is not final and both the prosecution and Marcos' camp can still file a motion for reconsideration.

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Under the rules of the Sandiganbayan, the former first lady has 15 days from promulgation of the ruling to file an appeal, and the anti-graft court has 30 days within which to decide on it. Marcos may also go straight to Supreme Court to seek relief.

Marcos, who is now a member of the House of Representatives, is running for a governor post in next year's general election. Most have been elected to public offices in an impressive political comeback.

Ferdinand Marcos ruled the Philippines for two decades, placing the country under martial law in 1972, during which time thousands of opponents were jailed, killed or disappeared.

In the 21 years that President Ferdinand Marcos was in power, he and his wife became infamous for amassing billions of dollars, with funds funnelled into Swiss bank accounts.

President Rodrigo Duterte, an ally of the Marcoses, said a year ago the Marcos family had indicated a willingness to return a still-unspecified amount of money and "a few gold bars" to help ease budget deficits.

Duterte allowed Marcos' embalmed body to be buried at a special heroes' cemetery in 2016, and the president is often accompanied at official events by Imee Marcos.

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