Imelda Marcos attends party with Arroyo, Sara Duterte hours after conviction

Source: ABS-CBN News

MANILA – Former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos on Friday attended a party, hours after the Sandiganbayan 5th Division found her guilty of graft.

Marcos was seen in photos with other government officials such as Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, among others during her daughter Imee Marcos’ birthday party.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Solicitor General Jose Calida, and former Senate president Juan Ponce-Enrile were also in attendance.

The former first lady was in “high spirits” despite her conviction, according to a Facebook post by Mike Acebedo Lopez.

“Happy to see Auntie Meldy unperturbed by the bad news of yesterday, a judgement issued by Noynoy Aquino appointees in the same Sandiganbayan division that exonerated an LP congressman (Teddy Baguilat) because he was supposedly denied his right to speedy disposition of cases,” he said.

“His case was filed in 2009 (ten years ago). Auntie Meldy’s was filed in 1991—27 years ago—and yet the same Sandiganbayan division with majority Noynoy Aquino appointees convicted her. What of her right to speedy disposition of cases, a right they extended to Baguilat when they acquitted him?”

Earlier Friday, the anti-graft court found her guilty for using her Cabinet position to maintain Swiss bank accounts during the Marcos regime.

Marcos’ graft cases stemmed from complaints filed in 1991 when prosecutors alleged that the Marcos family channeled public funds into their personal accounts overseas.

With her conviction, Marcos is sentenced to imprisonment of 6 years and 1 month to 11 years for each of the 7 counts, with perpetual disqualification from public office.

Marcos said her counsel intends to appeal the Sandiganbayan’s decision.

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