"She can elevate it to the Supreme Court if she sees grave abuse of discretion in the Sandiganbayan's decision".
Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos said on Friday, November 9, that she will appeal the verdict of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan which found her guilty of 7 counts of graft. She was given 30 days by the anti-graft court to explain her absence.
She was sentenced to prison for 6 years and 1 month to 11 years for each case.
Marcos is the widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and served as First Lady from 1965 to 1986.
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.
An arrest warrant has been filed for Imelda Marcos after the former Philippines First Lady failed to appear in court at the end of her corruption trial, according to a court official.
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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.
He was accused of amassing more than US$10 billion while in office and died in exile in 1989.
The court's decision is not final and both the prosecution and Marcos' camp can still file a motion for reconsideration.
On the other hand, Marcos was acquitted in three of her other graft charges involving local corporations due to the insufficiency of evidence against her.
Ferdinand Marcos ruled the Philippines for two decades, placing the country under martial law in 1972, during which time thousands of opponents were jailed, killed or disappeared.