Imelda ailing, did not snub Sandiganbayan

November 15, 2018
Imelda Marcos
Imelda Marcos

FORMER First Lady now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos is suffering from multiple organ infirmities, the reason why she failed to attend her promulgation at the Sandiganbayan.

This was emphasized in the motion filed by Marcos lawyers at the Fifth Division, in response to the court’s order for her to explain her absence during the promulgation last week.

The Sandiganbayan found Marcos guilty for seven counts of graft and acquitted her in another three cases. She was sentenced to jail from six to 11 years for each count and was perpetually disqualified from any public office, either elected or appointed.

Based on the motion, Marcos further said that she did not mean to disrespect  the Sandiganbayan but was only advised by her physicians to avoid stressful conditions.

“The accused was suffering from multiple organ infirmities and was under strict orders from her physician to refrain from stressful conditions that will put her at risk for heart and brain attack and recurrence of seizure,” the motion read.

Attached to the motion is a medical certificate signed by her neurologist, Dr. Joven Cuanang of St. Luke’s Medical Center, who said the 89-year-old former First Lady is suffering from seven illnesses.

These conditions include Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, Hypertension and Atherosclerotic Cardio Vascular Disease, Static Ministrokes due to cerebral scars from a previous surgery, Moderately Severe Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Chronic Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection, Chronic Recurrent Gastritis and Multiple Colon Polyps, and Recurrent Respiratory Tract Infection.

The medical certificate also said Marcos, who is running for Ilocos Norte governor in the 2019 elections, is having “many supplements to improve her immune system.”

However, despite these medical conditions, Marcos was reportedly sighted attending a birthday party on the day the promulgation was issued.

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos was celebrating her birthday on the day when her mother was convicted.

The report of partying prompted the anti-graft court to compel Marcos and her counsel, Robert Sison, to explain their “unjustified” absence during the promulgation within 30 days.

In view of the health ailments cited, the camp of Marcos said there is enough reason for the Sandiganbayan to allow her to challenge the conviction and defer the issuance of the warrant of arrest.

“Considering that the absence of the accused was due to a justifiable reason, she respectfully prays of this Honorable Court that her standing be restored and that she be given leave to avail of the remedies provided under the Rules of Criminal Procedure against her judgment of conviction,” Marcos said.

She also appealed for the anti-graft court to grant her request for bail after the bond she posted during the trial stage was forfeited.

The Sandiganbayan will hear the motion of Marcos today.

Her lawyer, Sison, told the Sandiganbayan that he himself was rushed to the Asian Hospital Medical Center in Muntinlupa City on the same day of the promulgation.