Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Imelda Marcos arrest warrant issued after failing to appear in court

Imelda Marcos arrest warrant issued after failing to appear in court

This just in: According to Inquirer.net, Imelda Marcos "has been found guilty of seven counts of graft by the Sandinganbayan's Fifth Division". However, she will be allowed to remain free on bail while she appeals the conviction.

The Marcos matriarch in a statement Friday said her lawyer plans to appeal the court's decision.

She was sentenced to prison for 6 years and 1 month to 11 years for each case.

Marcos can also raise the decision to the Supreme Court if she finds grave abuse of discretion on the part of the Sandiganbayan. She was a no-show at her case's promulgation so she will be given 30 days to give a reason as to why.

Marcos and her representatives did not attend the legal hearing on Friday.

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

Marcos, who is serving her third straight term as a member of congress, has registered to contest an election to succeed her daughter, Imee Marcos, 62, as governor of Ilocos Norte, the stronghold of the still powerful Marcos family.

He was accused of amassing more than US$10 billion while in office and died in exile in 1989. 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.

Ferdinand Marcos had placed the Philippines under martial rule a year before his term was to expire.

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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