- The PNP did not send an advance team upon the announcement of Sandiganbayan’s decision on Imelda Marcos’ case
- Marcos was found guilty of 7 counts of graft and corruption
- The netizens had different reactions to the explanation of PNP about the issue
The Sandiganbayan already released an arrest order for Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos last November 9 (Friday). However, KAMI learned that the Philippine National Police (PNP) did not send any Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) agents to the office of the House of Representatives.
It could be noted that when President Rodrigo Duterte announced the amnesty of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV as invalid, CIDG agents were already sent to the Senate office even without arrest order.
As per PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, they are considering the age of the former lady.
“Unang una, the former first lady is very [old], 'di naman sa, baka magalit siya, pero may edad na kasi. Unang una we have to take into consideration the age,” Albayalde quipped on Monday at the headquarters.
“Kanya [Trillanes] is just a pre-emptive measure in case na talagang lumabas [ang arrest warrant]. Ito naman [Imelda] kasi wala tayong nakikitang magiging problema sa kanya dahil unang una may edad na, babae,” Albayalde stated as reported by Rappler.
In a report by ABS-CBN News, Marcos was seen attending a party with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo hours after the Sandiganbayan released the decision on her case.
However, the netizens had different reactions regarding this issue. Here are some of their comments on Rappler’s Facebook page.
“She is convicted. As long as shes alive, justice must be served; regardless of her age!”
“ "LAW APPLIES TO ALL OR NONE AT ALL" may kapal pa nga ng mukhang tumakbo eh. nung na-convict, you considered her age?! pag matanda na, lusot na sa criminal liability? NAPAKATANGA NYO!”
“Pag Pobre or Kaaway harsh and brutal Pero Pag Rich or Kakampi handle with care + special treatment”
“Too old? Nakakapagparty pa? Kumakandidato pa? Napakaraming matatandang nakakulong sa bilibid na doon na inaabot ng kamatayan. Ang batas talaga sa Pilipinas para sa may pera lang”
“PNP kapag matandang mayamang magnanakaw konsiderasyon, kapag matandang mahirap, nahuli si droga isisik sa masikip na kulungan.”
“If warrant of arrest has been issued against Mrs.Marcos the police has to arrest her regardless of her age,status in life and political affiliation.There shall be no special treatment.If she is fit to run for governor she is also fit to serve jail time.”
“sus albayalde hindi pa yan old! mas memoryado nya pa ang mga laman ng lahat ng banks accounts nya kesa sa iyo di mo alam ang eksaktong number ng ejk victims”
“Imelda is CONVICTED. Trillanes is only ACCUSED. Who deserves to experience the full force of the law? #JAILHERNOW”
“That’s why old Politicians steal steal and steal, kasi hindi makukulong because of old age.”
As previously reported by KAMI, Marcos was found “guilty” of graft. The case filed against her was pending for about 2 decades. She faced 7 counts of graft and corruption as well as imprisonment of 6 to 11 years.
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