Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas shuts up his mouth after he was declared persona non grata in his own hometown. However, there are rumors that House Committee Chair, Johnny Pimentel tells Fariñas to inhibit from Imee Marcos and Ilocos 6 probe. The people can feel that there is power struggle happening in the 3 branches of government behind the scenes. But the worst thing is obvious. There is conflict even within the Congress itself.
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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.
Subpoena of Gov. Imee Marcos
Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos denies the alleged irregular purchase of P66.45-million motor vehicles in her province using tobacco excise tax shares. Rep. Fariñas initiated this controversial Congressional inquiry. In the subpoena, she is ordered to appear in the Congress on July 25 probe to shed light on the issue.
Fariñas owes his political glory to the Marcoses who was once a long-time ally of the popular Marcos clan in Ilocos Norte. His move is considered by most Filipinos as political in nature. This can be the reason by Pimentel wants him to inhibit from the case. Nex battle is between Pimentel and Bongbong Marcos whom he threatens to hold in contempt for alleged obstruction of justice.
Case Background on Probe
According to ABS party-list Rep. Eugene de Vera, the provincial government purchased 40 mini-cabs, five buses and 70 Foton mini-trucks from 2011 to 2012 without conducting proper public bidding. He added that the Land Transportation Office also said that none of the vehicles in question are registered under the provincial government. Gov. Marcos, the late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.’s daughter insists that the vehicles in question are existing and not overpriced. The registration can follow if required. They exist because of the farmers’ request.
Inquiry is Welcome
Nevertheless, Marcos welcomed the House inquiry. She notes that it would be an opportunity to amend Republic Act 7171. The law aims to promote the development of farmers in Virginia-type tobacco producing provinces. She is positive that it will give her the chance to clear up some issues regarding the transactions. Although, it is not clear yet if she will give in to the House of Representatives’ subpoena or negotiate a venue in Ilocos Norte for some talks.