Imelda Marcos is assisted to her car after visiting her husband's tomb
09 November, 2018, 15:56
The court ordered Marcos, a congresswoman, to serve six to 11 years in jail for each of the seven counts of graft.
But Marcos, 89, famous for a huge collection of shoes, jewellery and artwork, can avoid arrest and remain free if she appeals the decision and if denied, she can challenge it at the Supreme Court.
The ruling permanently barred Marcos, who is now a member of parliament, from holding public office.
Imelda Marcos' husband was ousted by an army-backed "people power" revolt in 1986.
Marcos said in a statement her lawyer is "studying the decision and he has advised us that he intends to file a motion for reconsideration".
The Marcos family has refused to admit guilt on human rights abuses and corruption - including an estimated $10 billion (roughly ₱500 billion) allegedly stolen from government coffers - during the late President's term.
Marcos critics rejoiced at the news of the conviction, which came almost three decades after the case was filed in 1991. She can still post bail for her temporary liberty as graft is a bailable case, the amount, however, has yet to be set by the court. Imelda Marcos in particular was known for her flaunting her opulent lifestyle while the country languished in poverty and civil unrest.
Pangiliinan said the long road to conviction shows "how long and therefore frustrating the Philippine judicial system is, and especially in relation to how powerful and powerfully entrenched the accused are".
Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin said the guilty verdict handed down to Marcos "rejects" the clan's attempt to revise the history of the Martial Law years, which was marred by killings, torture, disappearances, media oppression, and corruption that has left the Philippine economy reeling to this day.
The family matriarch seeks to replace her daughter Imee Marcos as provincial governor, while Imee is gunning for a Senate seat. The Sandiganbayan on Friday found her guilty in seven of these cases involving about $200 million.
The younger generation of Marcoses have led high-profile careers, despite the dark past associated with their name.
He has put the count under protest and hopes to run for president after Duterte's term ends in mid-2022.
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