Former First Lady Imelda Marcos. Photo: Xinhua

How the law caught up with the Philippines’ Imelda Marcos and her stolen millions

  • Marcos’s conviction on seven counts of graft for laundering US$231m is unprecedented and provides a glimpse into the gilded lives of the former Philippine first lady and her husband, Ferdinand
  • During their time in power, the couple was raiding the treasury, collecting kickbacks and earning from secretly owned private corporations, then laundering funds into Swiss bank accounts
Topic |   The Philippines

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Former First Lady Imelda Marcos. Photo: Xinhua
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Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles has written for the SCMP since 1996. A freelance journalist specialising in politics, international relations, business and Muslim rebellion, she has contributed to Reuters, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Daily Mail, Times of London, Radio Netherlands and Asiaweek. She runs the award-winning investigative and opinion blog, raissarobles.com. Her book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of the dictatorship won the 2017 National Book Awards for Non-Fiction. Her Twitter handle is @raissawriter.