MANILA -- The Presidential Commission on Good Government on Monday congratulated the Office of the Ombudsman for the successful prosecution of former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos.
The Sandiganbayan 5th Division last Friday found the 89-year old widow of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. guilty in 7 counts of graft for using her Cabinet position to maintain Swiss bank accounts during their family's reign.
"PCGG congratulates the Office of the Ombudsman, especially the handling Special Prosecutors, for the successful prosecution of the case," said the agency tasked with recovering the billions of dollars plundered by the Marcoses and their allies.
With her conviction, Mrs. Marcos is sentenced to imprisonment of 6 years and 1 month to 11 years for each of the 7 counts, with perpetual disqualification from public office. The court also ordered for the issuance of arrest warrants against her.
The lawmaker said her camp intends to appeal the ruling, a move the PCGG said it respects. The agency said it will continue working with the Ombudsman in this matter.
"PCGG, however, will continue to cooperate with the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the performance of its mandates and the administration of justice," the PCGG said.
The Marcos family’s ill-gotten wealth “is estimated between US$5 billion to US$10 billion, the bulk of it being deposited and hidden abroad,” according to the PCGG.
The government has recovered a total of P170 billion in the past 30 years.