In 2019 Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos cannot run anymore for another term as governor. Rep. Rudy Fariñas’ stint in the Congress also ends in the same year. They are both grooming their children to follow in their footsteps. This is one of the theories behind the Ilocos 6 drama. It’s all for the show.
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[VIDEO]: Imee Marcos, humarap sa pagdinig kaugnay ng umano’y maanomalyang paggamit ng tobacco excise tax fund
The “power of Congress” to summon witnesses were highlighted. If Gov. Marcos did not attend the hearing, the drama can take a different twist. Had she not retracted her allegedly libelous statement about a P100-million bribe from the yellow faction to incriminate her, the committee would have been “forced” to detain the seven of them until 2019, just right in time “when the next Congress is elected.”
Congress Chow Characters
Personalities have nothing to do with the issue. It dismisses the notion that the practice of politics is manifested for the people, by the people, for their entertainment, education or miseducation. This is much like show biz. The difference is that in the real world, there are only stars and the rest are extras. In this case, Gov. Imee Marcos with her grace and wit emerged as the star. Fariñas’ was the villain.
The Spice of the Story
Atty. Juan Ponce Enrile as Imee’s counsel serves as the added spice of the story. Enrile was accused of betraying the late Ferdinand Marcos which he denied. The Court of Appeals ruled to release the detainees. The speaker of the House vowed to abolish that court. The CA is not the venue for this case, the congressmen complained, “they should go to the Supreme Court.” Thus the reason of the pending Writ of Amparo case to protest the violation of the House against the Ilocos 6’s rights to liberty.
Aftermath of the Drama
Atty. Enrile, who has never lost a case said as the drama continues to unfold away from the Congress that the case can only be taken up by the court aside from the pending plea at the SC. Therefore, the drama seems to end there.
The initially perceived as negative publicity for Gov. Imee Marcos has turned into calls for her to run as senator. That is a positive aftermath for the former President Ferdinand Marcos’ eldest daughter who is now constitutionally barred from seeking reelection in 2019. This leaves her open to pursue other positions.
[VIDEO]: After over 50 days in detention, the six Ilocos Norte provincial government officials on Tuesday were ordered released by the House of Representatives.
Aftermath: 2019 Plans
Ilocos Norte Gov. Marcos admits that the House of Representatives inquiry into her alleged misuse of P66.5 million in tobacco funds is all about politics. She surprisingly showed up at the House Committee’s hearing in honor of the subpoena issued against her. “I think it’s all about the 2019 plans,” Marcos said. This leads her to think that she can help in creating and reviewing laws.
Unity among Ilocanos
Senator Enrile intends to unite the Ilocanos. The governor also hopes to be in good terms again with Rep. Rudy Farinas. “I’m always hopeful that a peaceful negotiation can be made. The election is still far away if this is ‘Game of Thrones, the north remembers.’ ‘I hope that it’s not ‘Winter is coming,’ or else it would be scary,” Marcos said.
Will Help to Create Laws
Despite her strong feeling that the conflict arises due to political reasons, she still wishes that things can be resolved without making other people suffer. She is confident that she can help in making vital laws for the good of the country. Can this be an indicator that she will run for senator in 2019?
Not Using Presidential Connection
Marcos does not want to bother the President on the matter. “The president is aware of the issue. Obviously, he reads the newspapers. He is busy with the courts. I do not want to bother him anymore,” Marcos said.
Leni Robredo’s lawyer Bernadette Sardillo said that they’ve asked the Supreme Court to allow the payment delay of the electoral protest second tranche of 7 M due soon. The SC agreed to their request but Robredo herself did not show up during the Preliminary Conference. Her no-show action left people to wonder. If Robredo is already making excuses to boycott a historical event in her own life, what can people expect in the preliminary conference aftermath?
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[VIDEO]: Interview with VP Leni Robredo’s lawyer Beng Sardillo after preliminary conference brief on the election protest.
No Extension Date Yet
Robredo’s lawyers still have to formally file a motion for the payment extension. No date can be set yet until they submit the said written request. The request of Robredo’s supporters to contribute for her protest fee was also set aside together with other delaying motions. Sardillo said that their motion was not taken up during the preliminary conference.
Piso for Leni Not Taken Up
Last June 27, supporters of Robredo asked the PET to let them directly deposit the amount collected from their online campaign. “Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni” is their own initiative and not that of Robredo. They may be awardees in their field but they have not considered the right date to make their plea on time for the deadline. They totally failed in that aspect.
Payment Manner Shows Leadership Trait
Robredo still has to pay P7.449 million for the contested 31,278 precincts. She struggled to settle the first tranche of P8 million last May 2. Bongbong Marcos, on the other hand, already completed his P66.2 million payment before the deadline. This is not about money at all. Their actions clearly show their leadership capability. If Robredo finds it hard to raise money for her own survival, how can she do better for the country?
Marcos may have the billionaire image but he said that the amount also came from the donations of his friends and supporters. They have funded the first installment also. Since the remaining amount was not enough he had to sell some properties to be able to pay in full. He refrains from disclosing more details at this time to protect his financial supporters.
Bongbong Marcos’ press conference followed right after the preliminary conference to announce its aftermath. The Supreme Court explained that based on the history of electoral protest in the country, no case yet has progressed quickly. They themselves are in the learning curve, said the Chief Justice. The PET, therefore, decides to set aside all motions that can delay the protest.
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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos holds a press conference after the Preliminary Conference.
Leni Robredo’s Motions
VP Leni Robredo sought the dismissal of the poll protest. She cites the lack of merit and jurisdiction of PET. This is despite the high tribunal’s ruling that Marcos’ protest is sufficient in form and substance. Other motions include the clarification for Marcos to shoulder the expenses incurred by Comelec. These are all set aside at the moment and might be tackled after the recount if necessary after summarizing all issues.
Marcos paid the remaining P30 million for his electoral protest against Robredo. The payment was in two checks. One amounts to P15-million and the other was for P15.2-million. He paid the balance ahead of the July 14 deadline set by the Supreme Court. It ordered Marcos to pay P66,223,000 for the recount in 132,446 precincts.
The PET was apologetic for the slow process and the Marcos camp can only be grateful for their explanation that delays happen because this is the first electoral protest of its nature and they do not have the template yet on how to handle it efficiently and quickly.
Justices’ Good Interest
Marcos is thankful to the Supreme Court Justices that they themselves are also interested to see the case resolved at the soonest possible time through the recount. This is the reason why all pending petitions may have to wait to give way to the electoral protest process. It is expected that after a week, these petitions are shortlisted and the retrieval of the ballot boxes should follow the week after that.