Bongbong Marcos has yet to see a process that would work as a transition from the present system to federalism. “It might be that we just need a very strong political will, and I think we can all agree that President Duterte has shown it to achieve what he feels is necessary,” Marcos said.
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[VIDEO]: Sen. Bongbong Marcos shared his views about federalism in a TV show in Davao, Gikan Sa Masa Para Sa Masa.
Component of a State
Marcos has yet to see a definitive government template that would make a shift to a Parliament system that is efficient and acceptable to the people. “For example, how would you form the states? If the process is by administrative regions, then we may become, say an Ilocano state,” he said.
Head of State
However, that would affect the political structure in each of the Ilocos region’s provinces, as well as towns and cities, he said. “If somebody had been chosen to head a state, how will you tell the governor? For instance, Governor Imee Marcos that she will no longer be the one to be followed? Instead, it’s the head of the state?” said Marcos
Federalism is not New
“It has become that way because this system has long been with us,” he added. Federalism is not new to the country, Marcos said. It was adopted by former President Ferdinand Marcos. This was during the creation of the Interim Batasang Pambansa was.
Political Will is More Crucial
Since there’s no process yet that would work in today’s climate, political will is a must. Marcos believes that President Du30 has that. The country can then shift to federalism when it’s ready.
The Congress or House of Representatives gets its bad reputation nowadays because of some lawmakers’ partiality or unfair treatments particularly with the Ilocos 6. Remember that the House is not just the office of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Rep. Johnny Pimentel, and Rodolfo Fariñas. Former First Lady Imelda Marcos and Former President Gloria-Macapagal-Arroyo are Congresswomen as well. This is why Bongbong Marcos advised her sister to bring the matter locally.
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[VIDEO]: Bagamat wala pang iniisyu na warrant of arest laban kay Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos ay ipinasisilip na ng Kamara ang detention chamber para sa Gobernadora sakaling bigo itong dumalo sa July 25 hearing kaugnay sa isyu ng maling paggamit ng pondo ng probinsiya.
Scared for the Congress
Governor Imee Marcos’s refusal to attend the tobacco anomaly probe on July 25 has nothing do with her guilt. Her explanation through a press conference says it all. She is indeed the voice of the people. Her ways are for the welfare of her constituents, unlike her rival Fariñas’ politicking. It is scary to think that the people have this negative perception about the House of Representatives when there are only a few in power that commit such power abuses.
Hypothetical in Nature
“We will be following the proper procedure. What is Gov. Imee afraid of? We will not detain her. The detention room showed to the media is just hypothetical in nature,” Pimentel said. He clarified that the House’s detention rooms were only shown at the request of the media.
Marcos said that she will cooperate in the inquiry. This is “on the faith that the committee would conduct its current inquiry in accordance with the letter and spirit of Sec. 21, Art. VI of the Constitution—that the inquiry is in aid of legislation and that the rights of persons appearing therein are protected.”
The governor just recently announced that she invited the House Committee to conduct talks about the alleged tobacco excise tax anomaly in Ilocos Norte as suggested by Bongbong Marcos. If they insist on their unconstitutional method, then Marcos has no choice but to defend herself and her constituents’ rights as lawful as possible.
Governor Imee Marcos explains that the motor vehicle transactions happened because the farmers themselves requested for them. Two of Fariñas’ relatives are also among the local leaders who vouch for such need. But the committee on good government and public accountability in Congress chose to single out Gov. Marcos.
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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.
Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative and Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas initiates the inquiry despite his own cash advance for the Cherooke purchase when he was still the governor in 2002 following the same process. This was mentioned by one of the Ilocos 6 who was confused when he makes a fuzz about it – when he also did the same thing as per the Capitol’s usual protocol.
Guidelines for Use of Tobacco Funds
The guidelines for the use of Tobacco funds circle around the process, systems, and infrastructure projects for the farmers. Transportation is a major need for every business let alone in farming. If a leader gets persecuted just because she goes out of her way to find solutions for the problems of her constituents, then where is democracy in this country?
A subpoena to appear on July 25 reaches Governor Marcos but she swears not to show up in Congress. She was advised by her brother, former Senator Bongbong Marcos to just ignore it. The House vows to arrest her if she fails to show up. Bongbong is also threatened with a contempt citation for alleged obstruction of justice.
The people did not forget Fariñas’s cruel handling of the late CJ Renato Corona’s impeachment. He is obviously doing the same technique to intimidate resource persons. However, the current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is trying to stop that. The battle has just begun but netizens are asking – will this delay the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos again against Leni Robredo?