New book on Imelda now available worldwide

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IMELDA, the long-awaited book, on the controversial and creative life of Imelda Romualdez Marcos, former First Lady and now a member of Philippine Congress representing Ilocos Norte’s Second Congressional District, is now available worldwide in print and digital editions at Amazon’s Kindle and CreateSpace. Copies will also be available at National Book Store, La Solidaridad and Popular Bookstores.

Written by veteran author-journalist Cecilio T. Arillo and published by Amazon, the world’s largest publishing house, the book is a product of research and a demand for a fair and accurate narration and exposition of contemporary historical events.

In crisp and active language, the book captures Imelda’s vivid and dramatic story in a series of interviews about her pain and joy; about her glory and solitude; about her wealth and deprivation; and about her riveting recollections in politics and love with President Ferdinand E. Marcos, during which time and up to now she endured persecution, discriminatory investigations, court trials, sadness, betrayal and relentless public humiliation.

No living woman in history has experienced that much ordeal in the hands of her hateful and vengeful tormentors as Mrs. Marcos did.

Ousted with her husband, President Marcos, from power in the so-called 1986 EDSA uprising, exiled her entire family to Hawaii, deprived of their homeland and worldly possessions and then ridiculously charged with 901 criminal and civil cases, including violations of the dreadful Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) in New York for which the judge and the jury found her innocent of all the charges.

Over 800 of the 901 cases, using almost the same pieces of evidence the prosecution presented at the New York RICO trial, were filed against President Marcos and Mrs. Marcos with the  Ombudsman, the Sandiganbayan and other courts in the Philippines, a country where the wheels of justice in the post-Marcos years grind exceedingly slow. When President Marcos died in 1989, she and her children inherited all these cases. 

It is interesting to look at the records of the Ombudsman and the Sandiganbayan, according to a recent study done by the Center for People’s Empowerment in Governance and Transparency International (Philippines), which performed below public expectation.

The study said that both the Ombudsman and the Sandiganbayan had an overload of cases, resulting in the rise of the number of pending cases every year. Compared to the Ombudsman’s 78,700 cases, the Sandiganbayan had 7,324 and out of which 1,700 were dismissed, including some of those filed against the Marcoses, for lack of evidence.

“It usually takes an average of seven years before a significant case is resolved partly due to the congestion of cases and the small number of justices serving in the Sandiganbayan,” the study said.

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