Malacañang on Friday (November 9) noted that the conviction of former First Lady now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos is a reflection of a “working and impartial justice system” in the country.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also stressed that “the Executive Branch is not in the business of exerting undue interference or influence in the affairs of another separate and independent branch of the government.”
Panelo said the administration respects the Sandiganbayan’s decision and “treat this decision by the anti-graft court as a good reminder to all public servants that public office is a public trust and that we are all accountable to the people we serve.”
“As servants of the people, we must therefore carry out our duties not only with professionalism and fidelity but most importantly, with integrity,” Panelo reminded his colleagues in government service. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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