Ka Leody wants Imelda Marcos behind bars even just for 3 days

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 18)— Presidential candidate and labor leader Leody De Guzman said former first lady Imelda Marcos should be imprisoned even just for three days following her conviction at the anti-graft court.

In a recorded interview with members of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) released on Friday, De Guzman questioned why Marcos remains free despite the conviction.

He noted that her old age may be a factor.

“Hindi ko kabisado pero titignan natin kung hindi siya kasama sa mae-exempt sa pagkakulong sa edad ay kahit tatlong araw sana makulong muna," De Guzman said. "Para naman makabawas bawas ng sama ng loob ng ating mga kababayan na ninakawan ng kanilang ikabubuhay.

[Translation: I don’t have it memorized but we’ll check if she’s not part of those exempted from imprisonment due to age but even just for three days she should be jailed. So we can ease the ill feelings of those who lost their livelihoods.]

In 2018, the Sandiganbayan found Marcos guilty in seven graft cases over the diversion of more than $352 million in public funds to private foundations in Switzerland.

During her husband’s martial rule, Marcos used her position as then Metro Manila governor and human settlements minister to set up these foundations.

Marcos was never arrested even though an arrest warrant was issued along with the conviction. Then police chief Oscar Albayalde said her age and health had to be considered. She was 89 years old at the time.

Days later, Marcos was allowed to post bail while she appeals the ruling before the Supreme Court.

If elected president, De Guzman said he will review the composition of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, the agency handling the recovery of the Marcos ill-gotten wealth.

Nagdududa ako sa mga compromises at mga lagayan may ganon akong duda eh sa naging takbo ng paghahabol ng kayamanan ng mga Marcoses na ninakaw,” De Guzman said.

[Translation: I have doubts on the compromises, the way they ran after the Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth.]

De Guzman also believes the country will be even more divided if former senator Bongbong Marcos is elected president.

He said people will never forget the atrocities during martial law.

“Fake at makasarili yung panawagang magkaisa para pagtakpan at kalimutan yung mga bagay na di makakalimutan ng tao dahil sa panahon ni Marcos ay isinadlak ang buong bayan sa kadiliman,” De Guzman pointed out.

[Translation: The call for unity is fake and selfish just to cover up the things that the people will never forget. During the time of Marcos, the whole country was thrust into darkness.]