MANILA - The Sandiganbayan 5th Division has granted the request of Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos to post bail and file post-conviction remedies, including going to the Supreme Court, where she plans to challenge the decision finding her guilty of 7 graft cases.
The resolution of the court was released Thursday to the prosecution and the camp of Marcos.
"Mrs. Marcos was given 15 days to avail of post-conviction remedies under the rules, which would be either her filing of a motion for reconsideration or a notice of appeal," the court said in a statement released to the media.
Marcos can post bail while while her case is under appeal, aside from the P150,000 bond she earlier posted after the court admonished her for not attending the promulgation on her cases.
"She was also required to post a cash bond double the amount of her original bond, as the rules allow an accused to continue enjoying provisional liberty during the pendency of an appeal or a motion for reconsideration," the court said.
Marcos had earlier told the Sandiganbayan through a notice of appeal that she intends to skip filing a motion for reconsideration for a reversal of the ruling on her cases involving Swiss foundations she created during the regime of her husband, former President Ferdinand Marcos.
The notice of appeal was set aside by the court as it was filed while the motion for post-conviction remedies was pending.
Through the notice of appeal which lawyer Manuel Lazaro filed before the court, Marcos requested that the case records be forwarded to the Supreme Court where she will challenge the decision which she said was "contrary to facts, law and jurisprudence."
In the decision of the court, she was sentenced to 6 to 11 years in prison for each of the 7 cases.
The court has noted inconsistencies on Marcos' reasons for not attending the promulgation of her case earlier this month.
Marcos earlier insisted that she was not informed of the scheduled promulgation, but also said that she was not able to attend due to health issues, the court noted.
"Such statements invite leniency on the part of the court, considering that in the process, Mrs. Marcos surrendered and placed herself within the reach and arm of the law," the court said.
"Penal laws being favorable to the accused, substantive justice necessitates that Ms. Marcos be restored in her standing in court and be recognized to her right to pursue legal remedies against the judgment of conviction,” the resolution read.