Former Philippines first lady convicted of embezzling $200M

Ex-Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos faces years behind bars

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will arrest former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos once the court issues an arrest warrant.

Marcos maintained accounts with the Swiss Bank Corporation for the said foundations "for the benefit of the accused and her late husband", according to the charge sheets.

As well as being first lady, she was the minister of human settlements from 1976 to 1986 and governor of Manila from 1978 to 1984.

"We will wait for the order of the court".

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

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Imelda Marcos, nicknamed the "Iron Butterfly, " was sentenced to a minimum of six years and one month to a maximum of 11 years for each of the seven counts of the graft.

Quilala explained that the amounts involved with the foundations vary, and it is hard to give an exact number because they used different currencies, namely francs and dollars. Friday's decision bars the former first lady from any public office unless she pursues an appeal with the top court.

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Neither Marcos nor her lawyers were present at the promulgation of the decision. She should be arrested and photos of her being brought to justice made public.

"She can elevate it to the Supreme Court if she sees grave abuse of discretion in the Sandiganbayan's decision".

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Lawyer Ruben Carranza, meanwhile, was more guarded. Imelda's son Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr narrowly lost the vice-presidential election in 2016, a result he is now challenging, and many see him as the natural successor to President Duterte.

But Carranza, who now works for the International Centre for Transitional Justice in NY, said that "even under authoritarian rulers - a Marcos, Duterte, (Donald) Trump or (Jair) Bolsonaro - there can be independent, self-respecting judges".

Imelda 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 died in self-exile in Hawaii in 1989 but his widow and children returned to the Philippines.

The Marcos family remains highly influential in the Philippines.

Duterte allowed Marcos' embalmed body to be buried at a special heroes' cemetery in 2016, and the president is often accompanied at official events by Imee Marcos.

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

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