MANILA - Elderly victims of martial on Tuesday gathered in front of the Sandiganbayan, bellowing for an arrest warrant to be issued against former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos for graft.
The Sandiganbayan on Friday found Marcos, 89, guilty in 7 counts of graft for using her Cabinet position to maintain Swiss bank accounts during her husband's 21-year rule.
“Mga magnanakaw! Kaya kami ngayon ay pumoposisyon, ikulong, ikulong si Imelda Marcos,” shouted protester Danny Dela Fuete, 69, hoping that the justices will hear him.
(Thieves! We are here saying arrest, arrest Imelda Marcos.)
Among the protesters were cause-oriented groups Bayan Muna, Selda and Desaparecidos.
They also criticized Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayal for saying that his agency will consider Marcos' age in serving her arrest.
“Itong si Albayalde kinu-kundisyon ang isipan ng taumbayan, nakakaawa si Imelda,” said 70-year-old Pido Gonzales said.
(Albayalde is conditioning the public's mind to be sympathetic with Imelda.)
“Sinasabi nila na bigyan ng konsiderasyon, walang matanda, walang bata, dapat 'pag nagkasala ka, dapat ikulong,” added Felix Dalisay, 66.
(They are saying that consideration should be given. There should be no distinction between the elderly and the youth, if you erred, you should be jailed.)
The Sandiganbayan 4th Division is set to decide on a separate P200 billion civil case involving the former First Lady and her children Imee, Bongbong and Irene.
The protesters reiterated that the Marcoses should return their alleged loot to the people.
“Ang pangalawang kahilingan ngayon kahit hindi pa ikukulong si Imelda, isauli ninyo mga Marcos ang ninakaw ninyo sa kaban ng taumbayan,” Dela Fuente said.
(Our second request is that even if Imelda has yet to be jailed, the Marcoses should return what they plundered from public coffers.)