President Corazon Aquino on Monday stood by her decision not to grant Imelda Marcos a passport until the government has filed criminal charges against her in connection with alleged ill-gotten wealth.

The widow of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos went to the Philippine consulate in New York Thursday and filed an application for travel papers."Imelda Marcos will be issued a passport when we have finalized the criminal charges against her. There will be no change in this policy," said Aquino in a statement.

Marcos threatened to protest the Aquino government's decision with a Swiss court and said she would lodge a suit in the Philippines Supreme Court to compel the government to allow her to return.