A graft conviction against former first lady Imelda Marcos seemingly turned quiet, as there had been no update, since she appealed her conviction at the Sandiganbayan, with the notice forwarded to the high court in 2018.
Martial law survivors seek any update on the case and urged the Supreme Court early this week to affirm the conviction.
Why is she still out of jail, they asked.
MANILA, Philippines — The Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) and the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang and Martial Law (CARMMA) are waiting for an update on Imelda Marcos’ case, either from the Sandiganbayan or the Supreme Court three years after she appealed her conviction.
“We suffered during the Marcos conjugal dictatorship, and we continue to suffer as we continue to see that Imelda is out of jail, out of accountability.
The dictator’s widow continues to live the life, not sickly and dirt-poor, as she receives all the geriatric care she wants and needs using all the wealth from the people’s pockets accumulated in their more than two decades of power and might,” SELDA vice-chairperson and CARMMA convener Danilo de la Fuente said in a statement.
Convicted of seven counts of graft by the Sandiganbayan in 2018 for illegally funneling at least $352 million to Swiss foundations in the 1970s while she was governor of Metropolitan Manila, Imelda Marcos was also sentenced to six years and one month of imprisonment to eleven years for each count of graft, equivalent to a minimum of 42 years in prison.
The Sandiganbayan allowed her to post bail at ₱300,000 citing old age and state of health.
“We urge the Supreme Court not be an accessory to the Marcos’ continuing grand deception and escape from accountability,” the groups told Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo. (RA/JuanManila)