Marcos Lawyer, Estelito Mendoza said that Congress commits an “act of torture.” This is on their move to detain the six Ilocos Norte public officials. They work for Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos. Mendoza presses the Court of Appeals to issue a writ of habeas corpus for their immediate release. They are still not free for almost a month now.
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[VIDEO]: The House committee on good government and public accountability votes to issue a show cause order against 3 CA justices who ordered the release of 6 Ilocos Norte officials detained at the lower chamber.
“The force of the habeas corpus laws is disregarded by oblivious by lawmakers. This is in open defiance of the rule of law,” Mendoza said. The six provincial officials are detained for an indefinite period. The House aims to force them to give the answers needed by Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas. He intends to implicate Gov. Marcos in the tobacco excise tax funds anomaly for political gains.
No Ground to Detain Ilocos 6
The House rules do not allow the indefinite detention of witnesses who are held in contempt during legislative inquiries. Those who are cited in contempt for “acting in a disrespectful manner” or for “undue interference” during hearings may be detained for not more than 10 days only. Why does the House tolerate such dictatorship action by solons?
Show Cause Order
The House committee votes for the provisional release of the Ilocos Norte official. It is against Acting Presiding Justice Stephen Cruz, justices Erwin Sorongon and Nina Antonino-Valenzuela’s release order. Solons ordered them to explain why they should not be held in contempt for their release order.
CA’s Turn for Contempt Citation
The CA and the House display a power fight for a while now. They exchange show cause orders to compel the other side to explain why they should not be cited in contempt. Now, the CA wants the House committee to explain why it should not be cited in contempt for defying its orders.