Robredo says Imelda’s liberties show injustice | Malaya Business Insight


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Robredo says Imelda’s liberties show injustice
November 19, 2018

VICE President Leni Robredo yesterday said the temporary freedom and “very little” bail granted to former First Lady and Ilocos Norte second district Representative Imelda Marcosonly bolsters the perception that only the rich and powerful could attain justice in the country. “The impression it gives is that when you are rich and come from a high social stature, the law goes easy on you,” Robredo said during a phone patch interview in her weekly radio show, “BISErbisyong LENI.”

“But when you’re poor, the simplest offense could make you suffer in jail for a long time,” she said. Citing her own experience representing poor clients as a public interest lawyer, the Vice President noted the difference between the harsh treatment of poor Filipinos facing prosecution and the apparent leniency shown to Marcos.  She reiterated that the P150,000 bail set by the Sandiganbayan was “a mere pittance” compared to the billions of pesos the Marcos family stole from the Filipinos. “Yes, there was already a sentence, yet she was allowed to post bail. And the bail was too small, considering the amount is only loose change to the client.

This hurts,” she said. “The poor, even at a P10,000 (bail), would really beg just to raise that small amount for a minor wrongdoing. Then this, it’s a major crime, but you will not feel the hardship of raising the amount,” she added. Robredo said it was “insulting” that Marcos cited poor health to skip her graft hearings but managed to attend the birthday party of her daughter, Imee, on the same day of her conviction.  “If she is allowed to get away with it, what message will it send to the poor? That justice is not equal?” she added.

Marcos was convicted of seven counts of graft for illegally creating and maintaining private Swiss foundations for the benefit of her family. No warrant has been released for her arrest. Hundreds of protesters, including students and martial law victims, trooped to the People Power Monument in Quezon City yesterday afternoon to call for the immediate arrest of Marcos. They issued a symbolic people’s warrant of arrest.  According to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), about 200 people joined the protest action. The protesters led by Akbayan Youth said the impunity enjoyed by the Marcoses “must now come to an end.”

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