Rep Rudy Fariñas gives the Congress a bad name. He is found to be judgemental without doing his homework. By doing so, the people have the impression that the House already has a verdict even before giving the Ilocos 6 and Gov. Imee Marcos due process under the Constitution.
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[VIDEO]: Rep. Fariñas, hinamon si Gov. Imee Marcos na magharap sila hinggil sa isyu sa Tabacco Excise Tax
Present during Distribution
Gov. Imee Marcos said there were no ghost projects using the tobacco funds. She even points out that Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas who accuses her of such misuse was with her during the distribution of the vehicles.
Fariñas admits that he was invited during the distribution. He can even attest that they were given to barangay captains. However, he had no idea that tobacco funds were used to purchase them. He also didn’t know that it was done through cash advances and that there was no public bidding. Each motor vehicle was worth P465,000 which could shock him, he said.
Did the Same Thing
Fariñas also did the same thing during his time but argues that the “multicabs” were given to the villages under his district at the right prices. “Pickups were priced at P180,000 each, while pickups with canopy for its bed were worth P200,000 each,” Fariñas compared. The pickups with canopy with glass windows were worth P250,000 each.
The case clearly shows that Fariñas is quick enough to conduct such probe without checking the details. For one, the Gov. disputes that the suppliers went through the bidding process. Also, according to our research, there is tariff increase from the year 2007 to 2012 for imported motor vehicles. This is on top of the actual general increase for the vehicle itself. Fariñas’ purchase happened in 2008 while Marcos’ bought those for the needs of the farmers in 2012.