Naawa sa mayamang lola! Sandiganbayan allows Imelda to appeal even after she snubbed promulgation

The Sandiganbayan has allowed former First Lady Imelda Marcos to appeal her conviction, deciding to extend leniency to her even after she snubbed the November 9 promulgation of her verdict.

The court’s Fifth Division also required Marcos to post a new P300,000 bail for her temporary liberty while she pursued an appeal.

This was after it granted Marcos’s November 12 “motion for leave to avail of post-conviction remedies,” a pleading required by Rule 120 of the Rules of Court for her to justify her absence to restore her right to appeal.

Although Marcos had been inconsistent with her statements, the court gave weight to the fact that she “surrendered and placed herself within the reach and arm of the law.”

It cited her statements during a November 16 hearing that she “did not really know” about the scheduled hearing because her secretary took a leave, and that “even if I was sick, I would have come here because this is the law.”

“The afore-cited reasons of Ms. Marcos in failing to attend the Promulgation, coupled by her surrender in Court, negate an obstinate defiance on her part to the Court’s process,” the court said.

“Penal laws being favorable to the accused, substantive justice necessitates that Ms. Marcos be restored in her standing in Court and be recognized to her right to pursue legal remedies against the judgment of conviction,” it added.

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