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Selective justice? As an old grandma was apprehended for shoplifting, netizens recall Imelda Marcos’ exemption

“When the poor shoplift, they are criminals. When politicians steal billions, they are called honorable.” said a netizen.

Former first lady Imelda Marcos trended online when netizens recall the special treatment given to her as an old grandma was arrested in Makati City for shoplifting.

In 2018, the widow of former President Ferdinand Marcos was exempted by the national police due to her age and health. No arrests were made even though Sandiganbayan found Marcos guilty for seven counts of graft after establishing Swiss foundations for personal gain.

She was sentenced to a minimum of 6 years and one month to a maximum of 11 years for each case. So, her total imprisonment time is a minimum of 42 years and 7 months and a maximum of 77 years.

Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde, PNP chief at that time, said that they put into consideration the health and age of Marcos, which is a standard practice in their book.

“We have to take into consideration the age, in any arrest or anybody for that matter, that has to be taken into consideration, the health, the age,” Albayalde said.

Recently, a 60-year-old grandmother was arrested for shoplifting 5 cans of canned meat, 13 chocolate bars, and 3 bottles of body spray worth a toral of ₱2,577, from a convenience store in Bel-Air, Makati City.

This arrest went viral and caused netizens to remember that after her conviction, Imelda hasn’t been jailed. They realized the justice system is really unfair in the country.

“When the poor shoplift, they are criminals, when politicians steal billions, they are called honorable.” said a netizen.

Due to the loss of livelihood brought by the pandemic, a lot of people are suffering from famine. Because of that, many people resort to stealing or other criminal acts just to feed their hungry family.

Meanwhile, Imelda and his husband Ferdinand Marcos are famous for holding the Guinness World Record Greatest Robbery of a Government. Yet Imelda is still enjoying liberty and their children still hold positions in the government.

Written by Neil

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