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?
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.
Senator Juan Ponce Enrile discloses in an interview that his lawyering for Gov. Imee Marcos in the Congress was his way of supporting her in service to the people. However, if there are charges that incur from the last hearing, the court will facilitate that and Marcos will have a new set of lawyers. At the moment, the governor pursues her plea citing the Writ of Amparo on the Congress’ threat to their liberty rights.
[VIDEO]: Panayam kay Atty. Juan Ponce Enrile, dating Senador
Exemption of Procurement Law
The purchased vehicles may not undergo the required bidding but it was covered by the exemption of procurement law, said Enrile. Both sides will have difficulty in proving their stand. Rudy Farinas can cite the laws that were breached but Gov. Imee Marcos can also justify her actions for the welfare of the people.
Supreme Court Case to Continue
Imee Marcos said that she would still push through with her petition for the Supreme Court. This is to stop an ongoing House inquiry into alleged misuse of tobacco funds in her province. Marcos said that her legal counsels advised her to continue with the high court case. They also sought protection from rights violations since there are still “threats” against her and the six Ilocos Norte government officials.
The Battle is On against the Congress
The case she filed with the Supreme Court against the Congress is still pending. Only the petition for habeas corpus would be moot. This is because the so-called Ilocos 6 officials are already released from House detention.
Marcos refrained from seeking the President’s help on Ilocos 6. He has many problems to solve for the country. As Enrile said; Leave the President to decide on the plight of the Leftists. He has all the information to come up with a factual decision. Let him do his job so that end the end, the people will not cry. The rebel groups are not for peace so the peace talks are useless. They just want some power from the country, Enrile firmly said. Bongbong Marcos is indeed right that Martial Law is needed for the whole Mindanao.
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.