NOVEMBER 9. 2018 – After almost three decades, the Sandiganbayan has found former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos guilty of graft over her alleged unlawful financial interests in Swiss-based foundations while holding public office.
The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division found the widow of ousted President Ferdinand Marcos guilty beyond reasonable doubt of seven counts of violation of the Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
She is sentenced to imprisonment of six years and one month to 11 years for each count of graft, or around 42 years and seven months up to 77 years.
The anti-graft court also subjected her to perpetual disqualification from holding public office and ordered her to explain her absence during the reading of her verdict.
The congresswoman, meanwhile, was acquitted in three counts of graft in relation to the alleged use of her Cabinet position to maintain Swiss banks during the term of her husband.
Imelda Marcos previously served as the minister of human settlement from 1976 to 1986 while being the Metro Manila governor from 1978 to 1984.
In December 1991, she was slapped with 10 counts of graft by the Office of the Ombudsman over the creation of several private foundations in Switzerland and holding financial interests in the private sector.