NETIZENS reacted positively to the graft conviction of Ilocos Norte Rep. and former first lady Imelda Marcos, saying that justice has finally been served while some expect her to be on a wheelchair and neck brace soon – a reference to then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during her own trial for corruption.
The Sandiganbayan fifth division found Marcos guilty in seven of 10 cases that were filed against her over a span of 27 years and was sentenced from 6 to 11 years of imprisonment for every case and disqualification from holding public office.
Marcos is a candidate for Ilocos Norte governor in the 2019 midterm elections.
Below are some of the reactions on social media:
“It does show the justice system is still working,” netizen JolasAscue said in a comment on the news in a Facebook post.
LitoLumibao in his take on the Sandiganbayan decision on Facebook said: “Justice has finally caught-up with the Marcoses, it may have been long and protracted legal battle for the government but still have justice will be finally served. Expect in a few days we can see Imelda Marcos in a wheel chair or in a hospital, the drama usually played up by corrupt government officials :D.”
“Am sure Imeldific is now preparing her neck brace to wear and wheel chair. I bet that she wont spend a day in jail and won’t be disqualified from holding public office, for what are they in power for? especially now with a friendly tenant in the palace?” netizen RodeficsAlib said.
@JoseTweeting, in response to another netizen who said that the wheel chair and neck brace were overused, said “a hammock carried by four scantily-clad and muscled, handsome young men?”
Arroyo, who was detained in 2012 for plunder, wore a neck brace and was confined to a wheelchair because of alleged multiple cervical spondylosis, the degeneration of spinal disks in the neck, largely due to age.
The Supreme Court ordered the immediate release of Arroyo in 2016 after the charges against her were dismissed due to “insufficiency of evidence.”
Arroyo, a Pampanga Rep., has since been elected Speaker and will serve for a year, which is the remainder of her term at the House of Representatives.
Arroyo served the maximum three terms or nine years at the House.—LANCE LIBRORANIA/THE MANILA TIMES