By: Gabriel Pabico Lalu
The Sandiganbayan on Friday allowed former First Lady Imelda Marcos to post P150,000-bail and enjoy temporary liberty while the court decides on her motion for leave despite the anti-graft court’s decision convicting her on seven cases of graft.
The sum of bail bond was the same amount Mrs. Marcos originally posted in 1991, but was forfeited upon her conviction last Nov. 9.
While the anti-graft court resolves her motion for leave, the widow of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos was ordered to stay inside the premises of the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division’s court room.
On Monday, Mrs. Marcos filed a motion for leave to avail of post-conviction remedies. She also cited in that motion that she was unable to attend the November 9-promulgation hearing because she was “indisposed” and has “multiple organ infirmities.”
But Mrs. Marcos attended the birthday party of her daughter Imee hours after the anti-graft court handed down its ruling.
Mrs. Marcos was found guilty for seven counts of graft in connection with the transfer of around $200 million to Swiss foundations, which she created with her husband and had their children among its beneficiaries.
The 89-year-old Mrs. Marcos held several government positions – Metro Manila governor, Batasang Pambansa member, and Human Settlements minister – during the regime of her husband. /kga