Party-list Rep. Enrico Pineda said that Gov. Imee Marcos alone can explain to the Congress the mysterious disappearance of all documents pertaining to the questionable diversion of funds. That was for the welfare of tobacco farmers but the governor insists that it was the beneficiaries themselves who requested the purchase of the vehicles. Marcos discloses that it was the brother of Rep. Rudy Farinas’ aid who stole the originals from COA.
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Seeking Refuge at Supreme Court Fails
Jose Vicente Opinion, the dean of the Eastern Samar State University College of Law, warned that a constitutional crisis would result from the Congress’s defiance of the decision of the appellate court’s Special Fourth Division. It grants the writ of habeas corpus of the six Ilocos Norte officials and employees. In fact, Marcos already Seeks the Ilocos 6′ release by virtue of the writ of Amparo at the Supreme Court but this was halted. Three justices inhibit from the case.
Stop the Congress Bullying
Law experts also call on the Congress to stop bullying the Ilocos 6 and Marcos. The CA should not be bullied as well, they said. The ‘Ilocos Six’ case might be indefinite not that the Supreme Court prioritizes internal conflicts over them due to disunity within the branch.
Digital Copies can Easily be Faked
Marcos’s signatures were on most of the documents pertaining to the cash advances made to procure five second-hand buses, 70 mini trucks, and 40 multi cabs. This from the purchase requests to the obligation requests for the funds, and even the disbursement vouchers. However, digital copies can easily be faked. It is also an offense to swear on a fake document. So, this left the Ilocos 6 no choice but to bear detention.
Documents Were Stolen
Marcos explains that an employee of Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas allegedly took the original copies of documents from the Commission on Audit (COA) office in Laoag City.
Cynthia Gorospe is an employee and coordinator in Fariñas office. She compelled her brother in law, Pedro Gorospe, who was a janitor at the COA office at that time. Bongbong Marcos is right that what they’ve done to the Ilocos 6 is cruel just for the sake of politics.