Pangilinan: Imelda conviction ‘reminder’ of Marcos plunder during martial law
It is a reminder of the Marcos family’s plunder of the nation’s wealth.
This was how opposition Liberal Party president Sen. Francis Pangilinan described the Sandiganbayan’s conviction of Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, widow of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, for 7 counts of graft related to Swiss bank accounts she opened during her husband’s regime.
“The Sandiganbayan conviction is a faithful reminder that the Marcoses have plundered the nation’s wealth and have stolen from the people, no matter how much efforts to revise history are done by the Marcos family and their cohorts,” Pangilinan said in a statement.
The Sandiganbayan 5th Division on Friday found the former first lady guilty of graft for using her position as Minister of Human Settlements to maintain Swiss bank accounts during her husband’s rule. The court also ordered the arrest of the 89-year-old lawmaker.
Disqualification from holding public office
The court sentenced Marcos to imprisonment of 6 years and a month to 11 years for each of the 7 counts, with perpetual disqualification from public office.
“We applaud the order for her arrest and her perpetual disqualification from holding public office, especially as she is running for governor of Ilocos Norte,” he said.
Pangilinan encouraged the court to “give no uncommon treatment to Mrs. Marcos” after her camp said that she would request the court administering.
“Give us a chance to guarantee that this present individuals’ win of equity turns into a reality. Give us a chance to work for a legal framework where nobody is exempt from the rules that everyone else follows,” he said.
Steadfast over political manner
The Marcos tyranny was set apart by killings, human rights mishandles, and the loot of state coffers. The family was known to have amassed “$5 billion to US$10 billion” in riches covered up abroad, as per the Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG).
The administration has recouped an aggregate of P170 billion in the course of recent years.
While as yet confronting a few cases for military law manhandles, the Marcoses have kept up steadfast political after. Imelda Marcos is trying to fill in as legislative leader of the family’s bailiwick Ilocos Norte in one year from now’s races, when the post is abandoned by her little girl Imee, who has propelled a senatorial offered.