House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas’ natural evil nature is evident in the Congress during the hearings of the Ilocos Norte 6. Joined by his colleagues in the House, they all disregard their fellow lawmaker, Imelda Marcos citing a rule that is not applicable in the first place because only the court is the right venue for corruption allegations.
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Rep. Rodolfo Farinas
Love Story in Hell
The then-mayor and former movie actress lived together in Laoag. Locals were fascinated by her. They were delighted by the presence of a celebrity. Maria did not have the slightest idea that her relationship with Fariñas was a living hell. As a political neophyte in 1983, he subjected his wife to domestic violence. She only disclosed her ordeal many years later. That her husband beat her up and apparently tortured her.
Manhandling the Wife
It was a center of gossips in the Ilocos Norte provincial hospital that Fariñas indeed abused his wife since the 1980s. A public report even came out in 1988 that quoted Fariñas’s nemesis. Then Vice Governor Rolando Abadilla was the source. In that report, Abadilla said that Fariñas was “angry” with him because he witnessed the latter manhandling his wife at the provincial capitol.
Enrile Witnessed Carlson’s Plight
Fariñas was to host a dinner for then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile. Enrile was the honored guest at the city’s fiesta in February 1988. Abadilla escorted Enrile to the Capitol for the dinner. But Enrile hesitated to proceed to the venue. Incidentally, he too saw “Fariñas strangling Maria.” Enrile was not noticed by the couple. He left with Abadilla and proceeded to the Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel instead. Fariñas was furious with Abadilla for “robbing” him the opportunity to host Enrile.
Late CJ Renato Corona’s Humiliation in Congress
Fariñas was known to castigate the late Chief Justice Renato Corona. The discrepancies of his SALN was not new to all politicians. Still, he did not give Corona the benefit of the doubt. He refers to all his defenses as scapegoats. Knowing the nature of Fariñas, Enrile constantly criticizes all his comments about Corona. It looks like he did not gain the wisdom of old age unlike the notable Enrile and the truly compassionate at heart, former first lady Imelda Marcos.
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.
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?
Bongbong Marcos presents the Court of Appeals order to free the six detained Ilocos Norte officials to Congress on behalf of his sister Governor Imee Marcos. He vowed to exhaust all legal means to make the House of Representatives respect the discretion of its co-equal branch.
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[VIDEO]: Mismong si dating senador Bongbong Marcos ang nagpunta sa Kamara para ipresenta ang utos ng Court of Appeals na palayain na ang anim na empleyado ng Ilocos Norte Capitol. Pero tinabla ng liderato ng Kamara si Marcos.
Bongbong Marcos thinks that it is cruel and unusual to detain six employees of the Ilocos Norte government after House officials did not like their answers. Marcos. He visited them at the House Legislative Building. They are already in detention for 17 days now.
Fuzz over the Original
Ex-Ilocos Norte Governor and Representative Rodolfo Fariñas cited the officials in contempt after they asked for the original copies of his alleged digital proof that they have signed the cash advance from the tobacco funds for the purchase of some vehicles for barangay use.
Congress vs CA
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez called the justices behind the ruling ignorant of the law. He is known as a brave supporter of the president but obviously, he’s not for the Marcoses. The neck to neck power struggle is evident in the fight between the two equal branches of the government.
Marcos finds out that the employees are unable to rest well where they are now. He stressed that there’s no point to continue to detain them because that can’t change their answers to House officials.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reacts toughly after CA Special 4th Division Acting Presiding Justice Stephen Cruz issues a show cause order against him and House Sergeant-at-Arms Roland Detabali. They are asked to explain why they should not be cited in contempt for ignoring a June 9 ruling to release the officials. The conflict between the CA and the Congress is just hard to ignore because they confuse people. There is a resentment on how the hearings are conducted.
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[VIDEO]: epresentative Rodolfo Fariñas leads a House probe of Ferdinand Marcos’ daughter. Their families were longtime allies until they split in 2015.
P Imee or Pay imee?
Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas presents documents with the signatures of the officials who are still held in Congress. The tobacco funds were allegedly used to buy mini-cabs, secondhand buses, and Foton trucks. Fariñas even insinuates that the P Imee in the documents stands for “Pay Imee” which the witness answered that the document showed a clear P Imee there and not what he wanted to see.
Ilocos Norte officials did not refuse to answer the questions. They just want the committee to show them the original copies. This prompts Fariñas to cite the officials in contempt and have them detained by Detabali at the House Legislative Building because he does not have the original.
Who is Right?
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez have tough words against the three Court of Appeals justices who ordered him to explain why he should not be cited in contempt for refusing to release the 6 Ilocos Norte officials. “That’s gross ignorance of the law, he said and continued to swear at them in Tagalog.
The lawyers of Gov. Marcos’ employees said that their clients answered all questions to the best of their knowledge. The digital documents should have the original copies or else any one can just make them up. Alvarez must consider where the staff are coming from since government agencies always ask for originals to verify the copies.
There’s a big possibility that Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos ignores the Congress subpoena issued against her. This is the alleged Tobacco funds anomaly diverted to buy motor vehicles for the barangays. Marcos earlier questions the authority of the House of Representatives to conduct such probe – just like Binay’s Senate inquiry,
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[VIDEO]: The House committee good government and public accountability issues a subpoena against Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, ordering her to appear at the probe into the alleged misuse of her province’s tobacco funds.
House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas moved to subpoena Commission on Audit (COA) Michael Aguinaldo and six budget officials from the Ilocos Norte provincial government when Gov. Marcos continued to ignore her subpoena. They are now detained in the House of Representatives and threatened that they will rot there if they won’t talk.
Long Hearings Expected
Senator Franklin Drilon said that he believes the hearings on the Binay probe would not have gone on very long had the witnesses, most of whom are associated with the Vice President, cooperated and heeded the invitations for them to attend the hearings. This is the same for Gov. Marcos’ staff. Some ignore their subpoena, others participated in the hearing but all are detained. Their rights to defend themselves are obviously stripped off from them.
Filing of Plunder Case
Sen. Grace Poe signed the committee report that recommended the filing of plunder charges against the former Vice President and the others in the Makati City Hall Building II anomalies. This is the proper channel for such corruption allegations that until now, is still not resolved. Only the court can litigate public officials alleged corruption. Not the House of Representatives, may it be the Senate or Congress.
A Different Kind of Thief
Fariñas blatuntly accused Marcos of stealing the original copy of the cash advance document in one of the hearings. He has displayed Trillanes’ style of injustice. He knows how the hearings maligned Binay in the past but the Senate was never able to force him to attend such hearings. After all, he has the right to say no.