Imelda posts P300K bail, gives up gubernatorial bid

November 30, 2018

FORMER First Lady now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos was allowed to post bail as she pursues legal remedies to her graft conviction.

The Sandiganbayan however doubled the bail from the original P150,000 to P300,000.

In a resolution released on November 28, 2018, the 5th Division granted Mrs. Marcos’ “Motion for Leave to Avail of Post Conviction Remedies.”

Citing the resolution, the statement noted that court rules “allow an accused to continue enjoying provisional liberty during the pendency of an appeal or a motion for reconsideration.”

Legal remedies include challenging the conviction by either filing a motion for reconsideration with the Sandiganbayan or a notice of appeal informing the anti-graft court of her intention to bring the case before the Supreme Court.

The camp of Mrs. Marcos was given 15 days to seek post-conviction remedies.

On November 27 the 89-year-old solon filed a notice of appeal requesting the Sandiganbayan to provide the SC records of her graft case.

Three weeks ago, the anti-graft court found Marcos guilty of seven counts of graft and was sentenced to six to 11 years imprisonment per count in connection with her alleged financial interests in Swiss-based foundations during her time as Minister of Human Settlements and interim member of Congress.

The Sandiganbayan also perpetually disqualified her from holding public office. She was running for governor of Ilocos Norte in the 2019 mid-term elections but has withdrawn her candidacy and was replaced by her grandson Matthew Marcos Manotoc.