Imelda wants to take case to SC; Sandiganbayan says it’s premature
Former First Lady and incumbent Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda Marcos has filed a Notice of Appeal before the Sandiganbayan indicating that she wants to take her conviction in seven graft cases to the Supreme Court.
However, the anti-graft court’s Fifth Division said that it is premature because there is still a pending motion to be resolved.
“The Notice of Appeal filed by Marcos is premature as the Court has not yet resolved her Motion for Leave to avail of post-conviction remedies. Therefore, the Court cannot take action on the same,” the Fifth Division’s Clerk of Court said in a message to reporters.
The Fifth Division was referring to documents submitted by Marcos last November 12, requesting the anti-graft court to grant her post-conviction remedies. The motion also explained why the widow of former President Ferdinand Marcos was unable to attend the promulgation of her cases last November 9.
In the Notice of Appeal filed by Marcos’ camp on Monday, she requested that details of her cases be sent to the Supreme Court to start the proceedings that would entail her motion for reconsideration.
“Accused Imelda R. Marcos hereby files this Notice of Appeal, and requests that the records of the instant case be forwarded to the Supreme Court for further proceedings,” the petition read.
Marcos is enjoying provisional freedom after posting a bail of P150,000 last November 16.
She was found guilty of violating Section 3(e) of R.A. for graft cases due to her involvement in transferring funds to seven Swiss foundations while occupying key government posts in the 1970s. /ee
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