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Imelda Marcos on truth and love


Imelda Marcos, the flamboyant widow of the former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, is probably better known for her shoe collection than her political acumen.

But at the age of 80, she is running in Monday's elections for a post in congress, and she has still got plans - big plans - such as saving the world with truth and love.

Her late husband was ousted by popular protests in 1986 after more than 20 years of authoritarian rule, including a decade of martial law. He was accused of stealing billions of dollars in state funds during his time in office.

Mrs Marcos returned to the Philippines in 1991 and was later sentenced to nine years in jail for corruption, but the case against her was overturned. She lost a presidential bid in 1992.

Here she talks to the BBC about beauty, world peace, and of course those infamous shoes - set to music from a new album about her life, 'Here Lies Love', by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim.


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