Governor Imee Marcos begged the Congress once more; “I appeal, for humanitarian reasons, to the House leadership to set free the Ilocos Six. They have suffered more than enough,” Marcos said. “Please allow them to go home. You have families too, and you know the pain of being separated from them,” she added.
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Call to Congress
Marcos called on the Philippine House of Representatives again to release six provincial government officials. Her lawyer, former Solicitor General Estelito Mendoza said that in her statement to the House, she urged its leadership to comply with the Court of Appeal’s (CA) order to immediately free the said officials.
Emotional and Psychological Anguish
The officials are held in the House from May 29 for their alleged “dismissive” answers during an investigation into the local government’s alleged purchase of P66.45 million-worth vehicles. Marcos stresses that the officials’ long detention causes “immeasurable emotional and psychological anguish to them and their families.” The Congress has hardened its heart ever since.
Torture for False Testimony
The governor said that they have already testified to the best of their knowledge. “Forcing them, through prolonged detention, to give false testimony just to satisfy the Committee is tantamount to compelling them to commit perjury. Please, set them free.” The six officials are still detained at the Batasan Pambansa complex. The House is now turned into a detention cell which is a clear sign of power abuse.
Representatives Rodolfo Fariñas and Johnny Pimentel who was very loud on their accusations against Marcos are now very quiet despite the public outrage. They have given a verdict on the issue even before filing a case in a legitimate court. This is why the people are certain that the only intention is to politicize Bongbong Marcos’ family to discredit him for the ongoing electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo. Another possibility is for the senatorial race in 2019.