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Former first lady Imelda Marcos trended on Thursday as netizens relate her to a 60-year-old woman who was caught shoplifting in Makati.
ABS-CBN reports the woman was caught stealing luncheon meat, body sprays, and chocolates in a convenience store in Bel-Air, Makati.
Twitter netizens compared the fate of the woman to Imelda Marcos who funneled $200 million to Swiss foundations.
In 2018, Marcos was found guilty of a number of graft cases. The Philippines National Police (PNP) failed to arrest and jail her because of “old age” and “health conditions.”
Twitter netizen @darleneslays questioned the authorities and asked: “ang batas ba applicable lang sa mahihirap? pag mayaman at makapangyarihan, untouchable?”
y'all said imelda marcos is too old to be thrown to jail... why can't y'all have the same energy for this lola? ang batas ba applicable lang sa mahihirap? pag mayaman at makapangyarihan, untouchable? https://t.co/UFdrFTS5Hy— dani ⁷ (@darleneslays) July 30, 2020
Zarce Abaracoso (@zarceeeee) said remember Imelda Marcos who still got away with 7 counts of graft because she has money to post bail and she even used her “age-card.”
Remember Imelda Marcos who faces 7 counts of graft and convicted as guilty but still get away with it because she had money to post bail and even used her age-card!— Zarce Abaracoso 🏳️🌈 #JunkTerrorLaw (@zarceeeee) July 30, 2020
Another netizen @banana_mjc said said this is the justice system of the Philippines.
A 60-year old woman just got arrested for shoplifting at a convenience store in Bel-Air Makati.— MJC ⚖ (@banana_mjc) July 30, 2020
Meanwhile, Imelda Marcos still roams free despite being found guilty of graft.
Ladies and gentlemen, the justice system in the Philippines. 🤷♀️
Below are some more notable tweets from netizens:
Mali ang pagnanakaw, but let's think why do our countryfolks resort to this? And why can convicted people of power (*aherm* IMELDA MARCOS *aherm*) get away with it? https://t.co/J2XPGa9nzP— mijo (@dat_morenokid) July 30, 2020
huy IMELDA MARCOS mahiya ka naman gHorl milyon milyon ninakaw nyo pero nagagawa mo pa rin makatulog. https://t.co/4dFXWnVXBY— kentaro (@Ivansnts_) July 30, 2020
imelda marcos wHEN?? all the corrupt officials who continuously steal from the pEOPLE WHEN??????? pulis scam https://t.co/nuFbuPptnZ— 'ida (@idasiasoco) July 30, 2020
When the poor shoplifts they ended up being arrested, or worse, dead. But when the police kills innocent lives; politicians, corrupt billions of people taxes and government funds in broad daylight, they're given due process, or even hailed as heroes and increases their salaries. https://t.co/3ueERXZrlR— Zarce Abaracoso 🏳️🌈 #JunkTerrorLaw (@zarceeeee) July 30, 2020
my heart isn't disappointed at all. She doesn't want her family to starve to death. I'm disappointed why y'all arrest the poor while letting the privileged get out of the way. why not arrest the REAL THIEVES? IMELDA MARCOS, BONG REVILLA, & GLORIA ARROYO. I didn't stutter. https://t.co/CI5QpAQo1I— 𝔞𝔥𝔟𝔦 (@drkhb_) July 30, 2020
They keep talking about the death penalty, yet they refuse to arrest Imelda Marcos despite an arrest warrant. 🤡🤡🤡🤡— Marco Miguel (@thisfakecritic) July 29, 2020
'lola' stole canned goods, imelda marcos stole from the country's fund— yet, lola had been arrested, while imelda's living a filthy rich lifestyle.— Yuan Gonzales (@yuangonzaIes) July 30, 2020
"justice served 'the rich' by looting it from 'the poor'" — moses anthony pic.twitter.com/Jqx3jZOMUz
this is so sad, see how justice works differently from those in power and those in poverty? imelda marcos was not imprisoned because she was given compassion for her ‘old age’ meanwhile people whose last resort is to commit crimes to feed their families are immediately locked up. https://t.co/sU72VK9YjB— 𝘒𝘺𝘭𝘦. (@brndtkyleee) July 30, 2020
This is what happens when the govt continues to neglect the needs of the people. Walang trabaho, walang ayuda. People will be forced to do anything, even stealing, just to have food on the table.— Macy (@ohrellemc) July 30, 2020
Also, nasaan na si Imelda Marcos na nagnakaw ng bilyones sa kaban ng bayan? https://t.co/cOo5VT2QTP