‘VINDICATED’ | Progressive lawmakers welcome guilty verdict vs Imelda Marcos
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NOVEMBER 9, 2018 -Progressive lawmakers on Friday welcomed the Sandiganbayan decision finding former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos guilty of multiple counts of graft.
The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division found Marcos guilty beyond reasonable doubt of seven counts of violation of Republic Act No. 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Marcos was sentenced to six years and one month to 11 years in prison for each count of graft, or a total of around 42 years and seven months to 77 years in jail.
Akbayan Chairperson Emeritus Etta Rosales said the decision renounced the Marcos’ attempt to revise the history of the Martial Law years.
“This legal victory is a two-decade struggle by the brave Filipino people. This is a victory against historical revisionism. This comes at the heels of a time when the Marcos family is desperately trying to revise history and clear their name of the crimes they have committed,” Rosales said in a statement.
ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio meanwhile said that though the conviction may be a little too late, a “guilty verdict is still a guilty verdict.”
“The verdict, which should see her jailed for a long time and perpetually disqualify her from holding public office, shows us how Imelda Marcos can be held accountable for her role in the worst plunder in the nation’s history. It gives us a taste of justice,” Tinio said.
Akbayan Party-list Rep. Tom Villarin also said the decision sends a strong message about justice and truth.
“The conviction by the Sandiganbayan of Imelda Marcos of graft is a clear and unequivocal proof that she deserves history’s judgment of a conjugal dictatorship that plunged our country in darkness more than three decades ago,” Villarin said in a statement.
“The decision is a welcome relief and mitigates the pain of the past. But only a full and voluntary acknowledgment by the Marcoses of their deeds can we say that closure is coming,” he added.
Bayan Muna Chairperson Atty. Neri Colmenares meanwhile asked the government not to accord any VIP treatment to Marcos.
“She cannot avail of the probation law because the penalty carried by her case is more than 6 years…Dapat kagaad na hulihin at arestuhin na ng mga pulis si Imelda ngayon. Kapag mga aktibista at progresibo hinuhuli agad at tinataniman pa ng mga ebidensya o ‘di kaya ay pinapatay pero kapag mga makapangyarihan tulad ng mga Marcoses, binebeybi,” Colmenares said.