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Fariñas Condemned: No to Ria Christina for Congress Rep and Rudy for Ombudsman


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Gov. Imee Marcos faces the media in Manila while her lawyers filed before the Supreme Court an omnibus petition to seek the liberty of her employees. This is an order that “enjoins and prohibits” the conduct of the House investigation, and the issuance of the writ. Marcos swears that Ilocos Norte remembers and condemns Rudy Fariñas’ ambition to be Ombudsman and Congress Rep. for his daughter.

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[VIDEO]: Ayon kay Marcos, gusto niyang pumunta sa pagdinig pero mayroong nagpapayo sa kaniya na sa Ilocos na lamang magpa-interrogate sa pamamagitan ng video conference.

Illegal, Cruel and Evil

“Incarcerating my poor, old, defenseless employees in order to force them to testify against me and against the province is not only illegal, cruel and evil, it is also cowardly,” Marcos said. “Please, Congress, free the “Ilocos Six,” and if this is truly the ‘Game of Thrones,’ please be warned today: the North remembers and it never forgets,” she vowed.

Disruption of Public Service

She said the allegation distracts the Ilocos Norte officials from attending to the province’s affairs. Marcos and her detained finance officials; Pedro Agcaoili, chair of the provincial bids and awards committee and provincial planning and development officer; Evangeline Tabulog, provincial budget officer; Josephine Calajate, provincial treasurer; Eden Battulayan, provincial accountant; and provincial treasurer’s office staff Genedine Jambaro and Encarnacion Gaor are the petitioners in the official plea.

Crisis in Congress

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Marcos’ local rival, Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel, chair of the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability, and Lt. Gen. Roland Detabali, the House Sergeant-at-Arms are under the lawsuit. “If there is terrorism in Marawi, there is a hostage crisis in Congress. Marcos describes the plight of the Ilocos Norte officials where they are held hostage in the House of Representatives.

Loyal North

Marcos, daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos whose family has loyal followers nationwide especially in the north, traced the controversy to an early “politicking” for local positions in her province. Fariñas family has a stake, especially in the governorship and mayoralty. The Senate and the Congress are also possible branches for nationwide positions that the two families can clash.

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Imee Marcos Fights Fariñas, Seeks Supreme Court Intervention

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Democracy is tested in the Philippines with the involvements of the 3 co-equal branches of the government over the Ilocos 6. Due to the abuse of power in the Congress, Gov. Imee Marcos seeks the intervention of the Supreme court. The executive powers seem to agree with this.

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[VIDEO]: Gov. Imee Marcos: Usapin sa Ilocos 6, dahil sa away-politika

Marcos Fights Fariñas

Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos said the House investigation into the alleged illegal purchase of P66.4 million worth of buses and multi-cabs that are considered by the Congress as an alleged misuse of tobacco excise taxes – even before reaching the verdict obviously stemmed from her political rivalry with Fariñas in their province.

On to the Supreme Court

Marcos lambasts her political rival Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas and dared him to bring the fight back to their province. She also seeks intervention from the Supreme Court at the same time. Legal experts already urged the Congress to respect the SC’s show cause order for the immediate conditional release of the six Ilocos Norte government officials but they were simply ignored.

Local Politics to Ombudsman

Since local politics started it all, Marcos thinks that they should just bring the fight back to Ilocos Norte. She explained that she reconciled with Fariñas in 2010 only to have a falling out again. This is after the lawmaker requested that his daughter succeeds him as a congressional representative. Fariñas allegedly wants to ombudsman after serving three terms in Congress.

COA Approved

The COA reports show that all projects questioned are fully liquidated. There’s never an anomaly or ghost project, said Marcos. These vehicles benefitted our farmers,” she added. Fariñas’ son Rodolfo Jr. and nephew Jeff Erickson requested for mini trucks questioned. Can this be a sabotage by the elderly Fariñas? Nothing is wrong in procuring the vehicles via the cash advance scheme instead of public bidding. The governor argues that the method is legal.

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Bongbong Marcos on the Congress’ Cruelty against Sister Imee


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos has never seen the kind of cruelty to the Ilocos Norte witnesses now called as Ilocos 6 that is extended to his sister, Gov. Imee Marcos. He has been a congressman himself and it never happened before in the House of Representatives that they do such a thing.

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[VIDEO]: Gov. Imee Marcos, idinulog sa SC ang pagkakadetine sa Kamara ng tinaguriang Ilocos six

Congress Cruelty

This is what Marcos thinks of the Congress; “I think it’s entirely unnecessary and the word, I believe, is cruel,” he said. Marcos’ sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, was subpoenaed by the House of Representatives to attend the hearing on July 25. She already refused 3 hearings before that on the alleged ₱66-million purchase of government vehicles using funds for tobacco farmers.

Political Campaign

Gov. Marcos was willing to attend the hearing. It’s Bongbong Marcos who is against it. This prompted Pimentel to warn the former senator that he could be cited for contempt. Marcos then commented that the move seemed to be a part of some kind of personal revenge or political campaign.

Congressional Race

House Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte 1st District Rep. Rudy Farinas spearheads the inquiry. He was a previously a political ally of the Marcoses. It is now known that he wanted his daughter to run as the representative for District 1 for Ilocos Norte. Gov. Marcos even transferred to District 2 after his request. However, the political ambition of the clan goes beyond that. They want to destroy the Marcoses.

Marcos’ Compassion

Marcos said that the so-called “Ilocos 6” were members of his staff during his time as governor. Then inherited by his sister when she assumed the post. “Now they’re languishing in this little room in the House of Representatives for no good reason as far as I can see, except that perhaps the members of the Committee did not like their answers,” he said.

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Marcos Lawyer: Congress Commits an Act of Torture to the Ilocos 6


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.

Oblivious Lawmakers

“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.

Marcos lawyer presses CA to order release of ‘Ilocos 6’

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Fariñas can Fake Gov. Marcos’ Document in Congress but still Not a Corruption Case


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The House of Representatives or the lower House of Congress insists on continuing to detain the six Ilocos Norte officials. This is even if the writ of habeas corpus from the Court of Appeals was secured. House Majority Leader Rodolfo C. Fariñas presses on the resource persons to tell the truth. Is implicating Gov. Imee Marcos the truth for Fariñas?

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[VIDEO]: The House committee on good government and public accountability wants Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos to personally explain why the Capitol used P66.45 million in tobacco funds to purchase motor vehicles.

Diversion of Funds?

Although it is unconstitutional to divert funds to another purpose, Marcos’ case here can be similar to Pnoy’s DAP case if the photocopy of the evidence is indeed genuine. It was justified in the Ombudsman that the former President was not guilty of corruption because the money was not pocketed. It’s just a mere mishandling of the process which made Abad liable for it.

Congress Allegation

Marcos faces controversy over the alleged diversion of P66.45 million in public funds from Ilocos Norte’s share of excise tax collections on cigarettes. The money was allegedly used to fund motor vehicles without public bidding. One of the detained officials however attested that there was bidding but Fariñas doubts that.

What is the Truth?

It is clear that Fariñas wants to prove that Marcos deliberately ordered the diversion of funds to implicate her. Nevertheless, it is also very obvious that the six officials are very careful not to give him the satisfaction that he aims for. Since the original document is non-existent, it is also possible that the tobacco funds are not misused. Marcos can also accuse Fariñas of faking the said evidence. Time can only tell.

Will Gov. Imee Marcos Show Up?

House committee on good government and public accountability chairperson Representative Johnny Pimentel warns Governor Marcos that she will be cited for contempt if she fails to attend the hearing on July 25. They even threaten to do a “Dayan” for Marcos. He was the ex-boyfriend of Senator Leila de Lima who at first did not show up on hearings. Will they have the same luck with Marcos?