Imelda turns 80, sets party at Sofitel

by Ricky Carandang, ANC

Posted at Jul 02 2009 03:59 PM | Updated as of Jul 03 2009 12:02 AM

MANILA - Former First Lady Imelda Marcos turns 80 years old on Thursday, and she plans to celebrate in Imelda-style with a party at the Sofitel Hotel.

Speaking on ANC's the Big Picture (to be shown 9:30 pm, July 2), Marcos says she had a lot to celebrate.

"As I approach my 80th birthday, I am thankful to see that after more than two decades of relentless ridicule, we are starting to surface the truth," she says.

The truth, she says, is that the billions of dollars of Marcos wealth were not stolen but earned honestly.

To back up that claim, Mrs Marcos cites court decisions clearing her of her hundreds of cases.

She says that with only a handful of cases left, her birthday wish is vindication.

"It would be a perfect gift and a perfect decision from heaven...I am sure we will be vindicated. The top 16 firms of the world were used to destroy my credibility, and I did nothing but gather documents. And now, the truth can come out," she says. 

When asked why she was confident after 23 years, she said: "I am confident because I know the truth, not because of any understanding [with Mrs. Arroyo]." 

Understanding or not, Mrs Marcos says she's only one case away from vindication. And as she turns 80, she wants history to be rewritten to favor the Marcoses.

But not so fast, says the PCGG.

According to Jay Miguel of the PCGG's Legal Department, she is a respondent in 35 more pending cases.

The cases arise from allegations that the Marcoses amassed billions of dollars in ill-gotten wealth during their 20-year rule.

In 1986, after the ouster of Marcos from power, the government of President Corazon Aquino filed hundreds of cases against the Marcoses and their cronies in an effort to retrieve the wealth.

But over the years, these efforts have largely failed.