Philippines' ex-first lady Imelda Marcos to appeal court's graft ruling


Imelda's late husband and dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, who along with his cronies was accused of pilfering $10 billion from the Philippines, fled with his family to the United States after a people's uprising ended his 20-year rule in 1986.

The court ruling could prevent Marcos, who is running for governor in Ilocos Norte province in next year's mid-term elections, from holding public office.

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

Marcos is best known for leaving behind more than 1,200 pairs of shoes when her family fled the Philippines following an army-backed uprising in 1986. She can also file an application for bail.

In a brief statement sent to reporters on Friday afternoon, Marcos said she had received a copy of the decision and that she would file a motion for reconsideration before the Sandiganbayan 5th Division. She was charged for making seven bank transfers totalling $200 million to Swiss foundations during her term as Manila governor.

The Marcos family is a close ally of Mr Duterte, a self-professed fan of the late dictator and his strongman ways.

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Marcos died in 1989 while still in exile. Imelda Marcos was convicted on two counts of corruption in 1993, but the Philippine Supreme Court overturned both convictions.

The Philippine government is fighting dozens of suits overseas to claim art and property owned by Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies.

A spokesman for the Philippine president indicated on Friday that Duterte will not intervene with the court on Imelda Marcos' behalf.

Akbayan Partylist have also released statements upon hearing the decision.

Former congressman and activist leader Teddy Casino expressed doubts about that claim to the Wall Street Journal on Friday, anticipating Duterte will use his influence with the Supreme Court to overturn the convictions.

Representative Carlos Zarate, of the left-leaning Bayan Muna (People First) party, said the decision "puts to rest the Marcos family's contention that they have not amassed ill-gotten wealth nor plundered the country's coffers during their reign".