THE Sandiganbayan Fifth Division on Thursday granted the request of former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos to enjoy temporary freedom while appealing her graft conviction.
The anti-graft division ordered Mrs. Marcos to post P300,000 bail bond for her to enjoy provisional liberty while working on her post-conviction remedies, including motion for reconsideration (MR) before the Sandiganbayan or the Supreme Court (SC).
“The Rules allow an accused to continue enjoying provisional liberty during the pendency of an appeal or a motion for reconsideration,” according to the anti-graft court’s statement read to reporters after granting Mrs. Marcos’ “Motion for Leave to Avail of Post Conviction Remedies” last Thursday.
“[Ms. Marcos] was also required to post a cash bond double the amount of her original bond,” the statement said.
Earlier, the anti-graft court permitted Mrs. Marcos to post a P150,000 bail bond pending ruling on her post-conviction bond that was only granted last Thursday.
She posted bail after being absent due to poor health during the promulgation of her charges where she was convicted of seven counts of graft.
Under the Rules of Court, the ruling also gave Mrs. Marcos 15 days to file her post conviction remedies.
“Mrs. Marcos was given 15 days to avail of post-conviction remedies under the rules, which would be either her filing of a motion for reconsideration or a notice of appeal,” it said.
Earlier, Mrs. Marcos said she would attend her last November 9 promulgation before Sandiganbayan despite being sick had she known the schedule.
“If I knew about it your honor, I would have been here. Even if I was sick, I would have come here,” said Mrs. Marcos who learned the promulgation of her charges when watching news on television.
The previous P150,000 bail bond is the same amount that Mrs. Marcos posted in 1991, but was forfeited following her failure to attend the November 9 promulgation of her cases.
Mrs. Marcos, citing health reasons, already apologized before the Sandiganbayan about her non-appearance last November 9.