Imelda Marcos sentenced to 42 years for corruption

Imelda Marcos sentenced to 42 years for corruption

Imelda Marcos sentenced to 42 years for corruption

The former first lady of the Philippines, who became renowned for her lavish collection of shoes, has been found guilty of seven counts of corruption during her twenty years in office.

She was sentenced to imprisonment of 6 years and a month to 11 years for each of the 7 counts, with perpetual disqualification from public office.

Marcos was not present at the court but a warrant has now been issued for her arrest.

The case has been pending with the anti-graft court for 27 years.

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Marcos, 89, is the wife of former President Ferdinand Marcos and the mother of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former Senator and vice presidential hopeful Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Albayalde assured that Mrs. Marcos will be treated as a normal detainee if she will be taken to the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

The court's decision is not final and both the prosecution and Marcos' camp can still file a motion for reconsideration.

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

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Marcos, who is now a member of the House of Representatives, is running for a governor post in next year's general election. However, she will be allowed to remain free on bail while she appeals the conviction.

Marcos was charged for allegedly having financial or pecuniary interest in and participating in the management of several foundations despite a constitutional prohibition while she was a member of the Interim Batasang Pambansa and when she was minister of Human Settlements from 1968 to 1986.

Ferdinand Marcos had placed the Philippines under martial rule a year before his term was to expire. The Marcos family is a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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