Bongbong Marcos thinks that the investigation at the Congress is merely motivated by politics. “It started off that way. I think it’s gone beyond that.” He and Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos were also at the hearing. Governor Imee Marcos was with her legal counsel, former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.
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[VIDEO]: The former senator and Ilocos Norte governor attend the hearing to support his sister, the incumbent governor of the province.
The Congress is Not the Right Venue
Former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. questions why the issue “ended up in the House” in the first place. “I am not sure why it ended up here in the House of Representatives. It’s a political conflict in Ilocos Norte that turned into a personal one,” said Marcos. He is also a former governor of the province. His sister, governor Imee Marcos is the subject of a probe into the alleged misuse of the funds to purchase motor vehicles.
Ilocos 6’s Opinions
Marcos is not alone in his opinion. “I think you can ask the Ilocos 6 what they think of that,” explained Marcos Jr., referring to provincial employees who had been detained by the House of Representatives in late May 2017 who just gave the best answers they possibly knew during the hearing.
Going Around in Circles
The hearing was initiated by Majority Speaker Rodolfo Fariñas, who represents the first district of the province. It is evident in the Congress hearing video that he is too emotional and personal to conduct such investigation. He can’t be fair when his reputation is also in the line. At one point, Gov. Marcos and he debated on using their names in local projects. He only escapes confrontation as he has the power to turn his wrath into the other members of the Ilocos 6.
Farinas approached and spoke briefly with Governor Marcos, Representative Marcos, and Enrile. Fariñas had his back on Marcos Jr., who stands a few seats away from his mother. The majority leader acted surprised as he bumped into the former Senator. Is Farinas’ grudge rooted from the brother and not the sister?
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.
Gov. Imee Marcos jokes about Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and Bongbong Marcos’ joblessness as the reason for their utmost support to her in the Congress conflict. However, it is far more than that. As the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ 100th birth anniversary is nearing, the re-merger actually confirms Enrile’s disclosure that he can never turn his back to the Marcoses.
[VIDEO]: Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos thanks, ex-Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for helping her testify in a House probe into alleged misuse of local tobacco funds.
Gov. Marcos said that the next hearing for the Ilocos 6 is on August 9. Enrile voluntarily said that he will join her again. This is after she thanked him for the vital support that leads to the freedom of the detained Ilocos Norte officials at the Congress.
Enrile always sticks to his story that he remained loyal to the late President Marcos during the EDSA event. He can’t even call it a revolution but a mere mutiny. It just got out of hand when former President Fidel Ramos and the church people dragged their patrons to the streets. Liberal Party politicians call this a revision of history. However, Enrile is the living proof that he is determined to expose the truth to this date.
EDSA cannot Discredit ex-President Marcos
Contrary to the claims of Satur Ocampo and Albay Representative Edcel Lagman that Marcos burial at the LNMB last November 18 was a “gross distortion, a malevolent revision and a wanton derogation of Philippine history,” EDSA cannot discredit the strongman. Its mastermind is still alive to tell the real story repeatedly. Enrile is always pro-Marcos. EDSA saved the Marcoses who in return, saved the people as well.
Governor Marcos respects the opposition but “we also have the right to talk,” she stressed. “I am hoping that before his 100th birthday the Supreme Court will finally resolve the matter. Remember we will only come to bury Ceasar, not to praise him,” she added.
Gov. Imee Marcos said during a follow-up interview after the July 25 hearing at the Congress that her mother, former first lady Imelda Marcos was alarmed that she withdraws her alleged accusation that the LP bribes some congressmen to make sure of her detention. But if her retraction can set them all free, then she was happy to do just that.
[VIDEO]: THE NORTH REMEMBERS: Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos on Wednesday referenced the popular HBO series Game of Thrones to describe her desire to forge peace with her political rival, Ilocos Norte Representative and House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas.
Gossip vs Intelligence Report
Gov. Marcos humorously talks about the gossips in the Congress. Referring to the alleged 100 M LP bribe report she received, she explains that when it comes from a woman, it’s considered as a mere gossip. However, if it comes from a man, that could be some kind of an intelligence report. Therefore, it is indicated here that it is not just a mere speculation but a warning. Thus the reason why she can’t divulge the source to protect her. She really has the wisdom to decide on the right choice.
No Case Filed against the Ilocos 6
Since the Ilocos is already released, it is understood that there are no cases filed against them. However, the case at the Supreme Court against the Congress on the writ of Amparo for threatening their liberty which is a grave of abuse is still pending.
Amend the Law
Marcos said that no one is questioning the power of the Congress but they have to follow in aid of the Constitution and the mandate of its own rules. She said that this is where she can contribute if she runs for a seat in the Senate for 2019.
The President is Aware
The President is aware of the Ilocos Norte’s struggle with the Congress. However, Gov. Marcos thinks that he has a lot on his plate with the conflict in Marawi and other problems of the country. She does not want to bother him anymore with an additional worry. Therefore, she manages to exhaust all legal means possible and so far, it is successful. Another hearing is coming up in August but since the Ilocos 6 is already free, this is just a matter of going through the legal proceedings now.
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos made a great sacrifice in facing the Congress for the alleged misuse of tobacco funds despite the many advises not to show up during the July 25 hearing. She is apologetic to the House and even swallowed her pride in retracting her previous statements. All for the sake of the Ilocos’ 6 freedom. This would also allow her to continue fighting in the open.
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[VIDEO]: Gov. Marcos explains that they can only resort to direct contracting because there’s only one supplier based on the specified request.
Direct Contracting is Legal
Gov. Marcos maintained her stand that the direct contracting followed the legal process as evaluated by COA. There may be some processes that were not followed but the truth is firmly brought out no matter how the Congress Representatives grilled her that there’s definitely no corruption in the said transaction.
Lifting of the Contempt Order
Majority leader Rudy Fariñas moved for the lifting of the contempt order and for the issuance of the release order of the six officials. He clarified his move by saying that the officials admitted during the hearing that it was their signatures on pertinent disbursement vouchers and other documents.
Never Mind the Humiliation, Freedom Matters
The House committee chairperson Surigao Del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel approved Fariñas’ motion. The audience applauded. Ilocos Norther Gov. Imee Marcos said that she is happy that her employees can finally go home to their families after 55 days in detention.