Imelda back in town, foils PCGG efforts to arrest her
By Patricia P. Esteves, Reporter
THE former first lady, Imelda Marcos, on
Wednesday managed to return to the country and avoid landing in jail.
The Sandiganbayan wanted Mrs. Marcos
arrested for violating restrictions on her travel itinerary.
But she went straight home to her home at
the Pacific Plaza Condominium in Makati City after her flight from Paris arrived
at 6:40 a.m.
The Presidential Commission on Good
Government is trying its best to get Mrs. Marcos behind bars.
Ruben Carranza, the PCGG commissioner for
legal affairs, said Mrs. Marcosís arrival on Wednesday was no guarantee she
would not be arrested.
On November 10 the Sandiganís Fourth
Division issued a motion to cancel her travel bonds and a warrant of arrest for
ďwillfully and openlyĒ defying the courtís order.
Robert Sison, Mrs. Marcosís lawyer, said
the motion was rendered academic by her return.
Carranza said it was up to the Ombudsman to
Sison said his client made good on her
promise to come home on November 12 as soon as she got well from dehydration.
Mrs. Marcos left for the US and Europe on
October 5, telling the court she needed her medical checkup and that she was
going on a pilgrimage.
The Sandiganbayan allowed her to leave,
provided she returned not later than October 26.
But Mrs. Marcos failed to return and instead
filed a motion to extend her trip to London for her knee checkup. She also cited
dehydration as one of her reasons for extending her trip.
The Fourth Division denied her plea for
extension for lack of merit. Sison had filed a motion for reconsideration, but
the court had already issued a warrant for Mrs. Marcosís arrest.
Sison said her client will go to the Sandiganbayan either today or on Friday to appeal to the Sandiganbayan.
Bron : Manila Times Internet Edition
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