Even though former First Lady Imelda Marcos was not imprisoned for transplant surgery, her beliefs mean that she or her family can no longer revise history, historians said on Friday.
Maria Serena Diokno, former Philippine Historical Commission chairman, said Imelda's belief was viewed as a "small blemish" that had to be paid for abuses during the 20-year ruling of the Marcos family.
Senator Diokno and daughter of Jose Diokno, White House Human Rights Commissioner, said she does not think Imelda will be sent to jail.
"Even if she does not go to prison, she will not be able to avoid this. Today, Imola is a thief.
"Try as much as you can, you will no longer be able to modify history," she said.
On Friday, the Sandiganbayan Court of Appeals Court 15 was convicted of Imela's seven transplants for the establishment of a Swiss-based foundation, which she and Marcus poured.
She was sentenced to prison every 11 years.
Diokno said the decision is unlikely to be carried out, but "it is a symbol of justice and joy."
Chel Diokno, a human rights lawyer convicted, "destroys the myth that Marcoses have done a good job in the country and that their families have long suffered.
"Contrary to what they have said, their age was not a period of beauty and development, but a period characterized by massive corruption.
Congressman Edcel Lagman said the conviction was a judicial confirmation of the corruption committed by Marcoses and his family during the martyrdom.
Imelda's old age is likely to delay the prison period, he added, adding that "it does not reduce guilt." Jerome Aning's report
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