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Graft-tainted ex-first lady pulls out of Philippines polls

IANS  |  Manila 

congresswoman Imelda Marcos, the widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, her candidacy for the governorship of 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 of (1975-86) and sentenced her to between six and 11 years in prison for each charge.

The former still represents in the lower house of Parliament and was seeking to run for during the May 2019 elections, according to news.

Her grandson Matthew Manotoc, who served as her deputy, will replace her as a candidate for the Governor's post, Manotoc said on his official page.

Currently, the Governor's seat in is occupied by Imee Marcos, 60, daughter of Imelda and Manotoc's mother, who seeks to enter national politics by running for

The court had sentenced the former 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.

was the of the from 1965 to 1986, when the country was ruled by

Nine of those years were under (1972-81), during which at least 3,240 people were killed, 70,000 imprisoned and 34,000 tortured, according to

A peaceful uprising brought down the government in 1986 and the Marcos family went in exile to Hawaii, where the former died in 1989.

returned to the along with her children in 1992 to face more than 400 trials.

The on had calculated that Marcos illegally accumulated between $5 billion and $10 billion, most of it stacked away in hidden offshore accounts.



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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 20:02 IST