Imelda Marcos posts ₱300,000 bail

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) — Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos posted a P300,000 bail after the anti-graft court allowed her to avail of legal remedies in the wake of her graft conviction.

The bail was posted Wednesday. The 89-year-old and former first lady was not required to show up.

 

Her lawyer also filed another notice that she will appeal her conviction for seven counts of graft before the Supreme Court. She also asked the Sandiganbayan fifth division to forward her records to the high court for further proceedings.

The Sandiganbayan granted Marcos temporary freedom due to her age and health condition. It said the ruling was based on a 2015 Supreme Court decision, which granted bail to Juan Ponce Enrile for humanitarian reasons. Enrile, who was 91 years old when the bail was granted, is facing plunder charges.

On November 9, the Sandiganbayan handed down a guilty verdict against Marcos for using her position in government to maintain Swiss bank accounts during her husband's regime.

But Marcos failed to attend the court sentencing on her graft case.

When she finally appeared in court on November 16, Marcos explained she did not know about the scheduled court sentencing. She also said she felt sick that day.

State prosecutors opposed Marcos' motion for leave, and questioned her explanation, citing the fact that she attended her daughter's birthday party that night. She then posted P150,000 for her temporary freedom while the court decided on her appeal for post-conviction remedies.