Philippines congresswoman Imelda Marcos, the widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, on Thursday withdrew her candidacy for the governorship of Ilocos Norte region after her conviction for graft made her ineligible to hold public office.
On November 9, the anti-corruption court found Imelda Marcos, 89, guilty of seven counts of corruption while she was the Governor of Manila (1975-86) and sentenced her to between six and 11 years in prison for each charge.
The court had sentenced the former first lady for embezzlement of $200 million from public coffers into Swiss accounts. It had also issued an arrest warrant against Imelda Marcos, who obtained bail for 150,000 pesos ($2,850).
On Monday, she filed a motion before the anti-corruption court to transfer her case to the Supreme Court, where she seeks to appeal the sentence and which could delay the trial for years.
A peaceful uprising brought down the government in 1986 and the Marcos family went in exile to Hawaii, where the former President died in 1989.
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