- Former first lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos faced different criminal cases through the years
- She was charged with graft for allegedly violation Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act
- Two decades later, she was found “guilty” for the charge
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The widow of late President Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Romualdez Marcos was infamous for her lavish lifestyle. In a report by Inquirer, she used to won 3,000 pairs of shoes, 3,500 pairs of undies, 2,000 gowns and thousands of bags, watches, perfumes and many more.
In 1990, Imelda Marcos was acquitted from her racketeering and fraud case in the United States. She allegedly stole $200 million from Philippine treasury and invested most of it in art, jewels and pieces of Manhattan real estate as reported by New York Times.
In December 1991, five years after the People Power Revolution which ousted late President Ferdinand Marcos, ten counts of graft was filed against former first lady Imelda Marcos.
KAMI learned that Marcos was charged with graft in relation to her alleged 7 Swiss accounts and her involvement in financial interests when she was still a member or the Interim Batasang Pambansa back in 1978 to 1984.
Marcos was accused of violating Section 3(h) of RA 3019 or Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act which states that any public official should not have any financial interest or business in relation to his/her office and is prohibited to gain such interest. During this time, 5 cases were filed against her. It was considered as one of the longest pending cases in Sandiganbayan.
In June 1993, another corruption charge and tax fraud was filed against Marcos. However, the Supreme Court dismissed this case but was given fine $4.3 million as reported by New York Times. In 1995, a petition for cancellation and disqualification was filed against Marcos when she ran as Representative of First District of Leyte. Marcos was accused for not completing the needed requirement for residency and lacked one year.
In 2008, Marcos was acquitted by a Philippine court from a case with 32 counts of illegal transfer of wealth with a total of $863 million. In 2010, she won as a Representative of Ilocos Norte and another Philippine court ordered Marcos to give back $280,000 to the government because former President Marcos allegedly took funds from National Food Authority in 1983.
In a recent report by KAMI, Marcos was declared as “guilty” for seven counts of graft by Sandiganbayan’s 5th Division after two decades. She was sentenced to imprisonment which could last for six to 11 years. However, in a report by CNN Philippines, Marcos can have a provisional liberty once she posts a cash bond as she files for an appeal.
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