Philippine court finds Imelda Marcos guilty of graft

Imelda Marcos is assisted to her car after visiting her husband's tomb

The former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos has been found guilty of corruption and is facing up to a decade in jail.

Despite her absence, Marcos was sentenced to a minimum of up to 11 years for each count, according to CNN affiliate CNN Philippines.

Marcos can also raise the decision to the Supreme Court if she finds grave abuse of discretion on the part of the Sandiganbayan.

This is all the information we have so far but watch this space as this story develops. He added that she is still free to run as Ilocos Norte Governor in 2019, as long as she posts a cash bond before the Sandiganbayan while appealing the decision.

Imelda Marcos, the widow of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was ordered arrested by the anti-graft court and sentenced to at least six years in prison. She was acquitted on a further three counts of graft.

Marcos said in a statement that the decision was being studied by one of her lawyers who notified the Marcos family that he intends to appeal the decision.

Former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr., who was also jailed during the Marcos dictatorship, said it was up to voters in next year's May 13 local elections, where Marcos is a candidate, if they want "somebody who has a bad name representing them, that's your call".

Marcos, a sitting three-term congresswoman, has registered as a candidate next May to succeed her daughter, Imee Marcos, 62, as governor of Ilocos Norte, the stronghold of the still powerful Marcos family. Most have been elected to public offices in an impressive political comeback.

In the 21 years that President Ferdinand Marcos was in power, he and his wife became infamous for amassing billions of dollars, with funds funnelled into Swiss bank accounts.

Duterte allowed Marcos' embalmed body to be buried at a special heroes' cemetery in 2016, and the president is often accompanied at official events by Imee Marcos.

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