Imelda Marcos Heading Home
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos stopped in California to spend the night with her daughter before continuing home today to Hawaii, authorities said.
Mrs. Marcos, wife of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, arrived at San Jose International Airport on Sunday night aboard a jet belonging to tobacco heiress Doris Duke.
Mrs. Marcos had been staying with Miss Duke in New Jersey since pleading innocent to racketeering charges in U.S. District Court in New York last week.
Miss Duke, said to be an old friend of Mrs. Marcos, posted the former first lady’s $5 million bail.
Mrs. Marcos was spending Sunday night at the home of her daughter, Irene Araneta, who lives in a suburb of San Francisco, and was to leave for Honolulu sometime this morning, said Ralph Girardi, the No. 2 agent in the FBI’s Honolulu office.
Mrs. Marcos left New Jersey’s Morristown Airport in Miss Duke’s Boeing 737 Sunday afternoon, according to the Federal Aviation Administration in New York. The jet landed at a private aviation company at the San Jose airport around 8 p.m., said Griz Gotschall, the airport’s operations supervisor.
The jet was the same one that late last month took Mrs. Marcos to New York from Hawaii, where she and her husband have lived since their ouster from the Philippines in 1986. She also stopped in San Jose on that trip.
Both Marcoses are accused of racketeering. Ferdinand Marcos, 71, remained in Hawaii after his attorneys told a federal judge Marcos was too ill to make the trip.
The Marcoses are accused of plundering $103 million from the Philippine treasury, funneling it to foreign bank accounts and using it to buy prime New York City real estate and art.