Imelda Marcos is sentenced to at least six years in prison

Ex-Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos faces years behind bars

The special anti-graft Sandiganbayan court sentenced Marcos, 89, to serve 6 to 11 years in prison for each of the seven counts of violating an anti-corruption law when she illegally funneled about $200m to Swiss foundations in the 1970s as Metropolitan Manila governor.

Neither Marcos nor anyone representing her attended Friday's court hearing.

She is infamous for her extravagant lifestyle during the reign of her husband, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

"He is presently studying the decision and has advised us that he intends to file a motion for reconsideration", she added.

He died in exile in Hawaii in 1989 but his widow and children returned to the Philippines. She can still post bail for her temporary liberty as graft is a bailable case, the amount, however, has yet to be set by the court.

Imelda Marcos was acquitted on Friday in three other cases, which were filed in 1991 and took almost three decades of trial by several judges and prosecutors.

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Duterte's spokesman, Salvador Panelo, said in a statement the ruling against Imelda Marcos was proof that the executive "is not in the business of exerting undue interference or influence" on courts, and therefore respects the decision.

Marcos can also raise the decision to the Supreme Court if she finds grave abuse of discretion on the part of the Sandiganbayan.

An arrest warrant has been filed for Imelda Marcos after the former Philippines First Lady failed to appear in court at the end of her corruption trial, according to a court official.

The family matriarch seeks to replace her daughter Imee Marcos as provincial governor, while Imee is gunning for a Senate seat.

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin said the guilty verdict handed down to Marcos "rejects" the clan's attempt to revise the history of the Martial Law years, which was marred by killings, torture, disappearances, media oppression, and corruption that has left the Philippine economy reeling to this day. That allowed him to shutter the legislature, muzzle the free press and jail or kill those who dared to oppose his dictatorship.

President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys good ties with the Marcos family and has often praised the late strongman.

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