Robredo dismayed at P150K bail for Imelda Marcos: 'Barya lang ‘yan sa kanya, considering yung ninakaw' - The Daily Sentry

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Robredo dismayed at P150K bail for Imelda Marcos: 'Barya lang ‘yan sa kanya, considering yung ninakaw'



Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo / compiled photo from Google




Manila, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo calls on Sandiganbayan to “correct” the “mistake” of allowing former first lady Imelda Marcos to post bail for her temporary freedom after being convicted of graft.

Marcos has been convicted of seven counts of graft for illegally creating and maintaining private Swiss foundations for personal benefit when she was a government official from 1968 to 1986.


‘Nabiktima ulit ang taumbayan’

Robredo said it was “saddening” that Marcos was allowed to walk free after conviction and was even allowed to post a P150, 000 bails while the motion for reconsideration of her camp is on process.

“Sana ma-correct ‘yong kamalian na ito,” she said in an interview with the media during her visit to San Remigio, Cebu.

“[N]abiktima na nga ‘yong taumbayan, mabibiktima ulit dahil sa improper dispensation ng justice.” The vice president added

“Inaasahan natin na, because of the conviction, ipakita pa din ng Sandiganbayan sa taumbayan na hindi siya namimili. Kung paano niya i-treat ‘yong mahihirap, sana ganoon din ‘yong pag-treat sa lahat,” she also said

‘Barya lang sa kanya’

Post conviction bail while appealing in the lower courts like the Sandiganbayan is allowed under the Rules of Court.

"Iyong 150,000 pesos na bail, napakaliit considering the enormity noong ninakaw. Pangalawa, barya lang iyon sa kaniya, eh," Robredo said.

The widow of the late president Ferdinand Marcos was not able to attend her first promulgation and could have lost her right for bail.

On Friday, Marcos explained why she was not able to attend last week because she was not really aware of the schedule.*

'Inconsistencies'

"The real reason is I did not really know. If I knew about it, your honor, even if I was sick, I would have come here," Marcos, said at the witness stand.

Meanwhile, Marcos, in her motion, said she was suffering from at least seven illnesses and was advised by her doctor against attending stressful conditions.

In her affidavit, on the other hand, Marcos said that she was not feeling well on the day of the promulgation, stressing that that she only learned about her conviction in the afternoon when she woke up.

"I woke up in the afternoon already. Then that's when I started calling people," she said.

Fifth Division chairperson Justice Rafael Lagos noticed the inconsistencies in the testimony of the former first lady and the reason stated on her medical certificate.

Lagos then mentioned the party attended by Marcos on the same evening of her promulgation.

“You actually did not know about the promulgation? But the prosecution was saying you attended a party,” Lagos said.

“What is it now? You did not attend because you did not know about the promulgation or you were indisposed?” he added.

Marcos said she had to attend the party because it was her daughter, Imee Marcos’ birthday, and the latter was “begging” and “crying” for her to attend the event held in San Juan.