Former first lady Imelda Marcos handed lengthy prison term in graft case

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The Philippines' anti-corruption court ordered the arrest of former first lady Imelda Marcos on Friday after finding her guilty of seven counts of graft during the two-decade rule of her husband and late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos.

Alisuag told CNN that the court had ordered the arrest warrant but it had not been yet issued.

Marcos said in a statement that the decision was being studied by one of her lawyers who notified the Marcos family that he intends to appeal the decision. She used banks in Switzerland to transfer the money. She returned to Manila in 1991 after her husband died in Honolulu but in 1993, she was convicted on two criminal corruption charges and sentenced to prison terms of nine to 12 years on each count.

Marcos, in a written statement to reporters, said her lawyer Manuel Lazaro plans to lodge an appeal with the anti-graft court.

Imelda was also charged for having "financial interests" in companies while in office from 1968 to 1986.

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Rosales said the decision was a huge setback to efforts by the Marcos family to revise history by denying numerous atrocities under the dictatorship, and urged Filipinos to fight all threats against democracy and civil liberties.

Quilalasaid Marcos is still free to run as Ilocos Norte Governor in 2019, as long as she posts a cash bond before the Sandiganbayan while appealing the decision.

Quilala said that he considers her Swiss account convictions as a "victory" despite her acquittal in three other graft charges.

Former first lady Imelda Marcos waving to the crowd as she arrives for her son vice-presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s "miting-de-avance" in Manila.

"We treat this decision by the anti-graft court as a good reminder to all public servants that public office is a public trust and that we are all accountable to the people we serve".

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However, in 1995, Imelda won election to the House of Representatives, representing the first district in her home province of Leyte.

The Marcos family is a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The family's notoriety stems back to Ferdinand Marcos declaring martial law in 1972.

Duterte's spokesman, Salvador Panelo, said: "The president has repeatedly said we respect the rule of law".

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