Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III on Saturday urged the public to respect the constitutional right of Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos to post bail as she pursues legal remedies over her graft conviction.
"Ang general rule natin sa Constitution, lahat tayo na maaakusahan ng krimen, maroong right to post bail except when mabigat 'yung akusasyon like ang punishment ay life imprisonment," Pimentel told radio dwIZ.
The senator was asked to give his take on accusations that the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos's widow was being given "special treatment" with the grant of her bail plea.
Pimentel advised the public to show Imelda fairness which, he said, was not shown by the Marcoses during their patriarch's dictatorial regime.
"Kung naging unfair sa atin 'yung mga Marcoses, maging fair tayo sa kanila para makita naman nila na ang laban natin ngayon ay patas unlike sa panahon nila na hindi patas and laban," he said.
Imelda was found guilty of seven counts of graft in connection with her financial interests in Swiss-based foundations as she held positions in government during the Marcos rule.
The 89-year-old is facing a minimum of six years and one month to a maximum prison sentence of 11 years "for each count" of graft.
She has also been perpetually disqualified from holding public office.