A Filipino court ordered the arrest of former First Lady Imelda Marcos, whose name became a term for ostentatious wealth after she was found guilty of transplant.

Marcos, the widow of the late autocratic Ferdinand Marcos and famous for her huge shoe collection, was convicted on Friday of seven illegal transfers of funds to Swiss foundations while serving in her husband's government. She faces six to eleven years in prison for each of the seven counts.

The decision, which is her second conviction, also disqualifies her from public office. She was convicted of corruption in 1993 for two reasons, but acquitted five years later by the Supreme Court.

Marcos and her husband ruled the Philippines for two decades and were accused of tapping billions of dollars from the impoverished nation.

She will likely appeal the conviction to avoid imprisonment and allow her to remain in Congress. This would also enable her to continue offering to the governor in her home province of Ilocos Norte in 2019.

"We have not received a copy of the decision, so we postpone the opinion until then," said Filadelfo Diaz, Marcos' chief of staff.

Marcos was one of the vocal advocates of Rodrigo Duterte, the current president, who has repeatedly reaffirmed the support of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, Imelda Marcos' son, who questions the outcome of his failed 2016 Vice-President election.

Mr Marcos Jr is open to his ambition to apply for the presidency when Mr Duterte's term expires in 2022.

Mr. Duterte has the authority to award Marcos.

Despite demonstrations of heat, the president supported the demand for a heroic funeral for Ferdinand Marcos.


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