Guilty verdict vs Imelda Marcos a strike vs impunity: martial law victim

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Posted at Nov 09 2018 12:37 PM

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Martial law victim Etta Rosales on Friday lauded the Sandiganbayan's decision finding former First Lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft and corruption for salting away foreign currencies to Swiss accounts during her time as governor of Metro Manila.

"I'm jumping up and down with joy. I'm so happy. Can you imagine? This is a case of struggle that we have worked on and that's 20 years of hard, hard work and we've almost given up," Rosales, chairman emeritus of Akbayan, told ANC. 

Rosales, who was tortured during the Marcos regime, said the decision shows that there are still brave men and women in the judiciary that fought back against impunity. 

"Ang ganda because it shows despite all the difficulties, despite the hardship in trying to get evidence kasi ninanakaw 'yung mga evidence, ninanakaw 'yung papeles na 'yan at mayroon mga nabebenta, may mga nabibili na ilang mga judges...despite all of that you have a number of honest men and women in the Sandiganbayan as judges who during the dark years kept the candles lit and pursued the truth, pursued the truth towards hard evidence so that they could really come up with the truth that Imelda Marcos committed graft and corruption when she was governor," she added. 

She noted the decision also lashes out at impunity "which was institutionalized by the Marcoses." 

"The courts are pushing for the fact na hindi na pwede 'yung act of impunity. Because it is the Marcoses during the time of dictatorship who tried to institutionalize impunity, Walang kaparusahan sa mga kasalanan na ginagawa nila. Nobody is made accountable and nobody is put in jail among high government officials. They can get away with murder. This was institutionalized during the time of Marcos. He tried to institutionalize impunity," she said. 

In a separate statement, Rosales said the legal victory is a "two-decade struggle by the brave Filipino people" and a "victory against historical revisionism."

"This is retribution. The Marcoses thought they could get away with their crimes. They have after all institutionalized impunity within the criminal justice system as dictator over the past years. This decision proves that the corrupt Marcos family really have committed crimes against the Filipino people, in order to enrich themselves and their cronies," she said.

ANC, November 9, 2018