Imelda Marcos announced Saturday that she will run for president in May, saying she wants to share her husband’s wealth with the Filipino people.
Marcos, widow of late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, announced her candidacy a week after the Supreme Court upheld her 1993 corruption conviction and 12-year prison sentence. She can appeal the ruling one more time and is free on bond in the meantime.
A member of Congress since 1995, Marcos said she wants to be president “to ensure that the Marcos wealth through the Marcos Foundation will go directly to the Filipino people, and to bring back dignity, decency and leadership to the position.”
Ferdinand Marcos was accused of embezzling billions of dollars during his 20-year administration, and he was ousted in a popular revolt in 1986 and driven into exile in Hawaii, where he died three years later. He and his wife denied any wrongdoing.