Until the anti-graft court, Sandiganbayan decides whether to grant Marcos a prison sentence, the former first woman is temporarily free
MANILA, Philippines – Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on Friday, November 16, allowed Ilocos Norte's second district representative, Imelda Marcos, to make bail bonds when a court decides to grant him a prison sentence. (READ: Imelda Marcos Performs in Sandiganbayan)
Auxiliary Right Rafael Lagos ordered Marcos a new sum of P150,000, which he needs to settle on Friday.
Marcos is scheduled to stay in the premises during paperwork, "but it should not take long," Lagos said.
When Lagos asked the Marcos camp if they were willing to pay on Friday, Marcos's lawyer Manuel "Lolong" Lazaro said "yes".
Lagos reminded Lazaros that if the court ban the prison sentence, "you have no remedies anymore".
So until the court decides to grant Marcos a prison sentence, the former first woman is a temporary freedom.
Lagos explained that Marcos's petition lawsuits were held in court when issuing an arrest warrant even though he was arrested on 9 November.
"Even if we proclaimed an arrest warrant in an open court, it has been triggered," Lagos said.
An arrest warrant is provided for under Article 114 of the Rules of Procedure of the Court of Justice at the discretion of the Court.
Marcos was sentenced to seven transfers to illegally create and maintain private organizations in Switzerland. He was sentenced to 6 to 11 years for each chapter.
Sandiganbayan 5th Division stated in its decision that private foundations received interest and investment for the "private benefit" of the Marcos family, where Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos, former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr and youngest daughter Irene beneficiaries.
Lead Ombudsman Attorney Rey Quilala said Marcoses received at least $ 200 million or £ 10.6 billion from what the court called the former first family as an "entrepreneurial activity."
Quilala did not attend on Friday.
This is Marcos's second conviction. He was sentenced for two deliveries but was released in 1998 from the Supreme Court.
The 31-year civil case Marcos and Marcos arrive at the fourth section, where the government is trying to get back $ 200 billion or $ 3.8 billion in failed wealth. – Rappler.com