Former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos convicted of graft

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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.

Marcos, a member of the Philippines House of Representatives, will be given 30 days to explain her absence, according to Lenina Alisuag, from office of the clerk of courts of the Sandiganbayan Court Fifth Division, which has jurisdiction over criminal and civil cases involving graft and corrupt practices. This is a victory against historical revisionism. Critics of the Marcos family quoted by the AP did not seem confident that Imelda will actually end up in jail, or even be banned from running for governor.

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"We will wait for the order of the court". More than half of the roughly $10 billion allegedly siphoned out of the Philippines by the Marcos regime remains unaccounted for.

She said former Court of Appeals justice Manuel "Lolong" Lazaro would act as her interim counsel as her other lawyer, Robert Sison, is confined at a hospital.

Bank documents left behind in the couple's haste to flee the presidential palace were used to build the case against Imelda, which has been ongoing since 1991.

Marcos and her representatives did not attend the legal hearing on Friday.

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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.

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

He died in self-imposed exile in Hawaii in 1989.

The Marcos family remains highly influential in the Philippines.

Marcos, 89, is the wife of former President Ferdinand Marcos and the mother of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former Senator and vice presidential hopeful Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr.

He allowed Marcos' embalmed body to be buried at a special heroes' cemetery in 2016, and is often accompanied at official events by Imee. We will not interfere with the judiciary.