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SC upholds acquittal of former First Lady of dollar-salting raps

Imelda Romualdez Marcos

THE Supreme Court upheld the acquittal of former first lady Imelda Marcos of dollar-salting charges for illegally stashing away millions of dollars in Swiss bank accounts.

SC affirmed the exoneration of Mrs. Marcos from 32 counts of dollar-salting by Manila regional trial court Judge Silvino Pampilo Jr.

Dollar salting is committed when dollars are removed from the Philippines without approval from the Central Bank and transferred to an account outside the country.

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, who wrote the decision, stressed  “apathetic prosecution allows impunity” and in this case, the prosecution could have done better.

He added that “prosecutors must not only be courageous but must also show their dedication to public interest through their competence.”

“Otherwise, the system will invite suspicion that there had been unholy collusion,” he added.

“Fatal errors that should have been avoided by veteran litigators, such as a habit of postponements and a lack of preparation, cannot be papered over by a labyrinth of appeals that reaches this Court,” Leonen said.