Former Philippine first lady sentenced to at least 42 years for graft

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An arrest warrant has been filed for Imelda Marcos after the former Philippines First Lady failed to appear in court at the end of her corruption trial, according to a court official.

"She is sentenced, in each of these cases, to suffer the indeterminate penalty of imprisonment from six (6) years and one (1) month as minimum to eleven (11) years as maximum, with the perpetual disqualification to hold public office", the anti-corruption court said.

Former Philippine Human Rights Commission chair Loretta Ann Rosales, who was raped and tortured by soldiers of the Marcos regime, told ABS-CBN Network that she was "jumping up and down in joy in disbelief" at the guilty verdict.

Imelda and Ferdinand's daughter Imee Marcos is the governor of the family's northern stronghold of Ilocos Norte province and helped bankroll the 2016 election campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to him.

However, neither Imelda nor any of her lawyers were present during the promulgation of the decision.

Congressman Tom Villarin of the opposition Akbayan Party said Marcos "can't invoke her age nor humanitarian grounds for her not to serve the sentence".

In a post on his Twitter account, Lacson noted the investigation on Mrs. Marcos' supposed graft started more than 30 years ago. She used banks in Switzerland to transfer the money.

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However, she can still appeal the conviction.

Imelda returned to the Philippines in 1992 and campaigned for the presidency, but lost it.

The Marcoses were forced to flee to Hawaii where the elder Marcos died in 1989.

The Marcos family has yet to issue a statement on the conviction.

Akbayan Partylist have also released statements upon hearing the decision.

During her time as the President's wife, and also after that, Marcos made a flamboyant life-style of talk, among other things, a collection of several Thousand shoes.

Former congressman and activist leader Teddy Casino expressed doubts about that claim to the Wall Street Journal on Friday, anticipating Duterte will use his influence with the Supreme Court to overturn the convictions.

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