Even if the former ex-wife, Imelda Marcus, was not incarcerated, her conviction means that she or her family will no longer be able to change history, a historian said on Friday.
Maria Serena Duccino, a former National Historical Commission of the Philippines, said she considered Imelda's conviction "a tiny point" in what the Marcus family had to pay for abuses committed during more than 20 years in the country.
His portrait, the daughter of the late senator and human rights lawyer Jose Ducone, said she also did not believe that Amilda would be sent to jail.
"Even if she does not go to jail, she will not be able to escape this fact – today, she has proven in history that Amilda is a thief," his portrait said.
"Try as they may be, they can not change history anymore," she said.
The 15th Division of the Sandiganbayan Antigative Court on Friday dominated Imelda to be guilty of seven counts of planting for the establishment of Switzerland-based foundations, through which she and Marquez Financiers.
She was sentenced to prison for up to 11 years in prison.
His portrait said that the decision was not enforced, but "a symbol of justice and joy."
The conviction, the human rights lawyer, said her portrait "destroys the myth that their family has exploited for a long time" about how good Marcus was for the country.
"Contrary to what they say, their period was not a period of beauty and development, but one that was marked by large-scale corruption," he said.
Opposition member of the House of Representatives Adpal Lagman said the conviction was only a judicial confirmation of the corruption committed by the Marquis and their associates during the military trial.
The possible delay of the prison term, due to Imelda's old age, he added, "does not diminish guilt." – with a report from the Rum Anning
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