Although the former first lady, Imelda Marcos, was not imprisoned by graft, her conviction meant that her family could no longer review history, according to a historian on Friday.
María Serena Diokno, former president of the National Historic Commission of the Philippines, said she considered Imelda's conviction to be a "small spot" in which the Marcos family had to pay for the abuses committed during the reign of more than 20 years in the country.
Diokno, the daughter of the late senator and human rights defender, José Diokno, said she did not even believe that Imelda would be sent to prison.
"Even if you do not end up in prison, you can not escape this fact – here today, it was cemented in the story that Imelda is a thief," said Diokno.
"Try as they could, they will no longer be able to revise the story," he said.
The 15th division of the anti-giant court ruling Sandiganbayan on Friday ruled that Imelda would be guilty of seven graft injuries to establish Swiss foundations, through which she and Marcos worked out money.
He was sentenced to 11 years in prison for each count.
Diokno said while the decision was not likely to be applied, it was "a symbol of justice and joy."
The conviction, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, said: "it destroys the myth that his family has perpetuated for a long time" about how well the Marks had been to the country.
"Contrary to what they said, their era was not a period of beauty and development, but it was marked by large-scale corruption," Chel said.
Opposition representative Edcel Lagman said the conviction was only the judicial confirmation of corruption perpetrated by Marcos and his colleagues during martial law.
The possible deferment of the term of imprisonment, due to the old age of Imelda, added, "does not reduce the fault". -With a report from Jerome Aning
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