Governor Imee Marcos explains that the motor vehicle transactions happened because the farmers themselves requested for them. Two of Fariñas’ relatives are also among the local leaders who vouch for such need. But the committee on good government and public accountability in Congress chose to single out Gov. Marcos.
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[VIDEO]: The House wants Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos to personally explain why the provincial capitol used P66.45 million in tobacco funds to purchase motor vehicles.
Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative and Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas initiates the inquiry despite his own cash advance for the Cherooke purchase when he was still the governor in 2002 following the same process. This was mentioned by one of the Ilocos 6 who was confused when he makes a fuzz about it – when he also did the same thing as per the Capitol’s usual protocol.
Guidelines for Use of Tobacco Funds
The guidelines for the use of Tobacco funds circle around the process, systems, and infrastructure projects for the farmers. Transportation is a major need for every business let alone in farming. If a leader gets persecuted just because she goes out of her way to find solutions for the problems of her constituents, then where is democracy in this country?
A subpoena to appear on July 25 reaches Governor Marcos but she swears not to show up in Congress. She was advised by her brother, former Senator Bongbong Marcos to just ignore it. The House vows to arrest her if she fails to show up. Bongbong is also threatened with a contempt citation for alleged obstruction of justice.
The people did not forget Fariñas’s cruel handling of the late CJ Renato Corona’s impeachment. He is obviously doing the same technique to intimidate resource persons. However, the current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is trying to stop that. The battle has just begun but netizens are asking – will this delay the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos again against Leni Robredo?