MANILA (UPDATED) - Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang clarified on Tuesday that the 5th Division has not yet released an arrest warrant against former First Lady and Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda Marcos.
Asked for a clarification amid confusing reports (not from ABS-CBN News) on the release of an arrest warrant, Cabotaje-Tang said the 5th Division decided to defer the release of the document after the camp of Mrs. Marcos filed a motion last Monday.
In the motion for leave of court to avail post-conviction remedies, Marcos asked for the deferment of the issuance of the warrant even though 5th Division Chairperson Rafael Lagos verbally ordered the release of the warrant last Friday when the verdict was handed down.
The court convicted Marcos of 7 counts of graft for using her official government positions during the Marcos regime for creating and maintaining Swiss foundations and bank accounts for the benefit of her family.
“I just learned that the Court has deferred release of the warrant of arrest because the lawyer of Mrs. Marcos filed a motion yesterday asking leave of court to avail of remedies and deferment of issuance of warrant. The motion is set for hearing on Friday, November 16,” Cabotaje-Tang said in a statement.
Cabotaje-Tang also clarified that Marcos may still post bail while her conviction is on appeal.
“Ordinarily, an accused who has been convicted of a bailable offense may still be granted bail pending appeal which is addressed to the sound discretion of the court,” Cabotaje-Tang said.
She also said the bail that was cancelled by Justice Lagos last Friday was the bail posted during the trial which is different from the bail which Marcos may post while her conviction is on appeal.