June 13, 2007 / 7:57 AM / 13 years ago

FACTBOX: Key facts on Philippines' Imelda Marcos

MANILA (Reuters) - Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines, won another legal battle on Wednesday when a court found her innocent in five cases of tax evasion dating back to the 1980s.

Here are key facts about Imelda Marcos, famous for her huge collection of shoes, jewellery and jetsetting lifestyle.

- Born on July 2, 1929, Imelda Romualdez was a beauty queen in 1954 when she married Ferdinand Marcos, then a rising star in the lower house of Congress.

- Imelda became first lady when Marcos became president in 1965. She took a more active role in politics after her husband imposed martial law in September 1972.

- For the next 14 years, Imelda shared power with Ferdinand, serving as his personal envoy on state visits to China in 1975 and Libya in 1976 before she won a seat in the rubber-stamp parliament in 1978, serving as housing minister and governor of the capital, Metro Manila.

- In 1986, Ferdinand and Imelda fled the presidential palace and the country with their three children, relatives and business cronies after an army-backed popular uprising toppled the government.

- Imelda returned to the Philippines in the early 1990s after her husband’s death in exile in Hawaii. She ran for president in 1992 but came fifth in a field of six.

- In 1995, she won a seat in the lower house of Congress, representing her home province Leyte, quitting three years later for another unsuccessful campaign for the presidency.

- In 2001, Manila’s anti-graft court ordered her arrest for amassing unexplained wealth and corruption charges. She was convicted but the higher courts set her free, reversing earlier sentences.

Source: Reuters

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