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Comelec: Graft conviction doesn’t disqualify Imelda from gubernatorial bid

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on November 9 said Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos may still continue her gubernatorial bid in the 2019 elections despite being convicted of seven counts of graft by the Sandiganbayan.

The Sandiganbayan found Marcos guilty of transferring around $200 million to seven Swiss foundations during her term as a member of the defunct Batasang Pambansa and as then Minister of Human Settlements.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said the Sandiganbayan ruling was not yet final and executory.

“This isn’t a final conviction yet, so it isn’t disqualifying,” Jimenez said.

Marcos said she will file a motion for reconsideration before the Sandiganbayan’s 5th Division.

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