The Sandiganbayan 5th Division has asked lawyer Robert Sison, who represents Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos in her Swiss foundations cases, to explain why he was still not able to attend the proceedings of the court.
In the written order released by the anti-graft court which reiterates the verbal order made by 5th Division Chairperson Rafael Lagos last Friday, Sison was made to explain his absence in the hearing for the motion of Mrs. Marcos so she can avail of post-conviction remedies such as filing a motion for reconsideration and bail.
Marcos was convicted by the court in 7 cases of graft involving her use of official government positions to create Swiss foundations and bank accounts during the dictatorship of her husband, former President Ferdinand Marcos.
“Atty. Robert Sison is ordered to explain within five days from notice why he should not be fined for his failure to appear at today’s hearing,” the court said in the order signed by Lagos and Associate Justices Maria Theresa Mendoza-Arcega and Maryann Corpus-Mañalac.
Before the hearing last Friday, Sison’s affidavit was submitted to the court Monday as an attachment to the motion for post-conviction remedies.
Sison said he started feeling dizzy on November 7 until the day of promulgation, November 9 which prompted him to seek medical attention at the Asian Hospital in Muntinlupa.
“To make things worse, I had difficulty in breathing. My blood pressure was checked and the same registered 185/110,” Sison said in his affidavit.
While Sison is still the lead counsel, collaborating counsel Manuel Lazaro who entered his appearance after the promulgation of the case has since acted as the lead counsel of Marcos.