Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos testified under a grant of immunity before a federal grand jury investigating allegations Westinghouse Electric Corp. paid a $17 million bribe to her late husband.
Marcos's lawyer said Tuesday that she was not a target of the investigation into bribes allegedly funneled to Ferdinand Marcos in connection with the construction of a nuclear power plant in the Philippines."It was much more cruel than I ever thought it would be," Marcos said after five hours of testimony in U.S. District Court. She bitterly accused the government of badgering her family and treating her husband like a criminal.
"Why are they doing this to a friend and an ally?" she asked. "Your (military) bases were never more secure than during the Marcos era."
The grand jury is looking into the circumstances surrounding a construction contract won by Westinghouse in the Philippines in the 1970s.
Westinghouse paid $17 million in commissions to Herminio Disini, a former golf partner of Ferdinand Marcos. The grand jury is trying to determine if any of the money may have reached the former president.
Westinghouse says the money was paid to Disini because he helped arrange and coordinate the project. The company said Disini, a "special sales representative," received a commission similar to ones paid on other projects.
Imelda Marcos complained that her late husband was treated like he was a criminal.
Marcos, who was told she could be recalled by the grand jury, said she was most upset by questions that were unrelated to the Westinghouse investigation. She said federal prosecutors asked personal questions about her children and jewelry.
Marcos was given a grant of immunity for her grand jury testimony, ensuring that any information she provides cannot be used against her. Justice Department officials would not identify the target of the investigation.