Etta Rosales on guilty verdict vs Imelda Marcos: "I'm jumping up and down with joy. I'm so happy." - The Daily Sentry

Friday, November 9, 2018

Etta Rosales on guilty verdict vs Imelda Marcos: "I'm jumping up and down with joy. I'm so happy."

former First Lady Imelda Marcos and Etta Rosales / compiled photo from Google

Manila, Philippines - Former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Etta Rosales on Friday lauded the decision of Sandiganbayan court finding former First Lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft and corruption related to private organizations created in Switzerland when she was a government official from 1968 to 1986.

Joyous Etta Rosales

Rosales, reportedly a martial law victim, said she was shocked and happy after hearing that Marcos was finally convicted.

"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 said

She added that she never thought Marcos and her family would get an adverse ruling under the term of President Rodrigo Duterte who openly admires former President Ferdinand Marcos.

"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. 

Strike vs. impunity

Rosales 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. “ Rosales said*

“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 added

In a separate statement, Rosales said the official 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.

Marcos, the 89-year old widow, and her legal counsel, Robert Sison, were given 30 days to explain their absence during the promulgation of decision. 

Since the ruling is not yet final, Marcos can still file for Motion for Reconsideration and can also post bail.

the late President Ferdinand Marcos / photo from FilipiKnow

Source: ABS CBN