Arroyo no comment on Imelda Marcos graft conviction
House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is mum on the Sandiganbayan’s guilty verdict against her ally, former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda Marcos.
“I have no comment to make,” Arroyo said in an ambush interview on Tuesday after she emerged from a hearing of the House committee on ways and means.
Last Nov. 9, the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division found the 89-year-old Marcos guilty of seven counts of graft for violating R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act when she transferred around $200 million to seven Swiss foundations during her term as Metro Manila Governor, Batasang Pambansa member, and Minister of Human Settlements.
She was sentenced to jail from between six years and one month to 11 years for each count and was ordered arrested. She however can post bail as graft is a bailable offense.
Marcos earlier said her camp intends to file a motion for reconsideration against the ruling.
Hours after her conviction, Marcos was seen attending the birthday party of her daughter Imee Marcos along with Arroyo, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Solicitor General Jose Calida, and former Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile, among others.
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