Gov. Imee Marcos in an exclusive interview that a P100-million fund from the “yellow” forces is at stake for lawmakers. She cites a reliable source who said that once she fails to show up during the July 25 hearing in the Congress, the money will be distributed. The Congress investigates the alleged use of P66.45 million in excise taxes to buy motor vehicles for the farmers under her watch.
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[VIDEO]: Pagkulong sa “Ilocos 6” sa Kamara, tinawag na hostage crisis ni Gov. Imee Marcos
Warning from Lawmakers in Congress
Some lawmakers warn that the governor contempt citation is sure if she will not show up on July 25. Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel even showed members of the media the detention cell prepared for her
No Freedom for Ilocos 6
The House of Representatives insists on the continued detention of Ilocos 6 for more than two months now. They are the six employees of the provincial government who refuse to discuss the purchase of vehicles according to the wishes of the interrogators. Marcos asks the Supreme Court to intervene in the case by assuming jurisdiction over a petition for habeas corpus pending at the Court of Appeals. However, the justice in charge inhibits from the case and no one wants to replace him so far.
The employees were cited in contempt for refusing to answer questions from the Pimentel panel, saying they cannot do so since the queries were based on photocopies of documents used in the procurement of the vehicles. The probe was initiated by Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas, a former ally of the Marcoses. It is rumored that the original documents were stolen by a former janitor loyal to Fariñas from the Capitol.
Liberal Party Strategy
Marcos noted that Fariñas used to be a member of the Liberal Party or LP know as the yellow faction. He just joined the ruling PDP-Laban party when Du30 becomes President. The governor said she sees a wider “conspiracy” not only against her over the allegedly anomalous vehicle purchase but the entire Marcos family. This is more likely because Bongbong Marcos seems to be favored in his electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo. The LP members are in full gear to discredit any Marcos for fear that another Ferdinand Marcos can become the next President of the Philippines as per Du30’s wishes.