• Sandiganbayan allows Imelda’s China trip


    The widow of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, has been allowed to go on a trip to China starting Wednesday.

    The Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division granted Marcos’s very urgent motion to travel abroad filed last Friday.

    The graft court warned her though that if she failed to comply with the resolution dated Monday, her future requests to travel would be denied. To ensure her return, she was asked to post a P1.25-million travel bond.

    Marcos said that she would be at Jiangsu and Beijing for six days to attend the 60th anniversary of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).

    This was upon the invitation of Zhao Jianhua, the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

    “Accused Marcos has no intention to evade the due course of justice and processes of this Honorable Court,” the motion read.

    Marcos, now the representative of Ilocos Norte’s second district, is facing 10 counts of graft before the Sandiganbayan over alleged illegal financial interests in private enterprises when she was part of the Interim Batasang Pambansa from 1978 to 1984.

    Several cases are pending at the court in connection with ill-gotten wealth the Marcoses have allegedly amassed during the 20-year tenure of the late president.


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