Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas initiates the probe and moves that Genedine Jambaro from the Ilocos Norte’s Treasurer’s office be detained for not remembering that she receives the cash advance of around 15 million pesos in 2011 to buy some motor vehicles. Jambaro refuses to answer as it happens more than five years ago.
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[VIDEO]: The House committee on good government and public accountability cites in contempt and detains Genedine Jambaro, a staff member of the Ilocos Norte provincial treasurer’s office, after failing to properly answer the questions of Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas. Jambaro is the first of 6 Ilocos Norte officials cited in contempt on May 29.
The Staff’s Appeal
Governor Imee Marcos, staff Jambaro appeals for a reconsideration but not granted, unless she answers yes or no. She said that she cannot do it because the document shown is not the original. This irritates Fariñas and commented that it cannot be found anymore because the Capitol of Imee Marcos steals it already.
One of the employees’ legal counsels, Da Vinci Crisostomo said that to detain them at the House Legislative Building “was not right.” “One ground for contempt is ‘refusal to answer any question.’ However, in the transcript, answers are given to all questions. Fariñas just doesn’t like them. This is despite how he intimidates them with real threats.
Officials in Contempt
The House Committee cites in contempt and detained six officials on good government and public accountability during its probe into the alleged misuse of P66.45 million in tobacco funds to buy motor vehicles. Governor Marcos also receives a subpoena to appear in July.
The video shows a Trillanes-like approach in interrogating Jambaro during the Binay Blue Ribbon hearings. This is sad given that the interrogator is from the president’s party. The Du30 and Marcos alliance is tested her. Imee and Bongbong Marcos likely gets the favor of the president. Is Fariñas trying to break the alliance?
It is a political trend in the Philippines that if a member of a political family is vying for an important post, the rest of the family members are also attacked. The filing of corruption cases is typical that is just dismissed in the end. Imee Marcos’ recent subpoena is one example as Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against Leni Robredo is heating up.
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[VIDEO]: Dalawang beses nang hindi sumipot si Marcos sa pagdinig kaugnay sa maanumalya umanong paggamit ng lokal na pamahalaan sa Tobacco Excise Tax para ipambili ng mga multicab.
Imee Marco’s Subpoena
The House Committee on Good Government ordered to subpoena Ilocos Gov. Imee Marcos. This is allegedly after she failed to show up in three committee hearings. The ₱66-million purchase of government vehicles using money intended to help out tobacco farmers was questioned by House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas.
Fariñas claim that Marcos allegedly committed plunder, technical malversation, and violation of the procurement act just went overboard. He said that she spent more the amount from tobacco excise tax to buy 40mini-cabs, 5 secondhand buses, and 70 Foton mini-trucks.
Marcos questions the committee during its second hearing that the panel does not have the authority to hold such an investigation. Why attend the unconstitutional hearings? Its purpose obviously is to discredit the Marcoses to hopefully break their alliance with the president.
Filipinos’ Love of Gossip
Bitter politicians learned that it is possible to turn the public’s favor into them. They just have to spread out rumors of their unfounded accusations against their enemies. People’s minds are poisoned by mainstream media to rob them of the opportunity to vote for the best leaders of the country. Will you allow that for 2019 and 2022 elections?
Imee Marcos’ lawyer, Joseph Cadiz slams the allegations of House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas who allegedly uncovered cash advance checks amounting to P66,450,000 in tobacco funds as premature politicking.
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[VIDEO]: Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and two of his deputies initiate a House probe into P66.45 million worth of allegedly misused tobacco funds in Ilocos Norte.
Cash Advance Checks
The tobacco funds questioned were used by the Ilocos Norte provincial government to buy the following motor vehicles, said Fariñas:
P18,600,000 on December 1, 2011 for 40 barangay mini-cabs
P15,300,000 on May 25, 2012, for 5 secondhand buses
P32,550,000 on September 12, 2012, for 70 Municipality Foton mini trucks
Fariñas, incumbent Ilocos Norte 1st District representative, and former governor said barangay captains in his district were complaining they were given mini-cabs that did not have documents. They could not use their budget in the barangay for fuel because these vehicles are not booked or documented as owned by the barangays
Fariñas seems to put all the blame on the governor, Imee Marcos. This is just because she signed the requests and approved the checks which are the protocol. Since 1998, the Fariñas and Marcos families political relationship is on and off in Ilocos Norte after the late president Ferdinand Marcos died in 1989.
In 2015, the Marcoses finally cut ties with Fariñas. They dropped him from their “One-Ilocos Norte” line-up which could cause the bitterness he felt. The situation can easily be handled properly if his intention is to ease the burden of the barangay captains. A discrete dialogue with the governor can certainly help. Since he opted to announce this to the media as immediate accusations, then he has his own political motive.
Ilocos Norte’s Governor Imee Marcos voluntarily asked the President is she could join his Middle East delegation to check on the situation of her OFW constituents there. This is to address concerns among their families back home on their real plight. There are many reports on abuses of these migrant workers, particularly via social media.
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[VIDEO]: Pre-departure statement of the President for the state visit to the Middle East
Imee Marcos’ Love for her Constituents
Imee Marcos said that she made the request because many of her constituents are working in the Middle East. There are many Ilocanos, especially women are working in the Middle East and they are important to her. It is best to check on them at first hand.
The President is bound for his state visits to 3 Middle Eastern countries this week. This is to check on the situation of overseas Filipino workers. Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Hjayceelyn Quintana said that Du30 will visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from April 10 to 12, the Kingdom of Bahrain from 12 to 14, and the State of Qatar from 14 to 16.
Other Foreign Trips
Marcos also explained her participation in the Du30 administration in the past foreign trips in China and Singapore. She said that her parents had close relations with China from the start in the 70’s. She had lived in Singapore as well – that’s why she’s familiar with the businesses there.
Rumors have it that Imee Marcos is bound for a political favor from the president for allegedly financing him during the elections. Marcos denied this and clarified that the only support he had given to Du30 was through local campaigns.
Amidst the drug war, the people need jobs. Governor Imee Marcos of Ilocos Norte made sure that the millennials in the family are equipped enough to earn the decent amount of money by giving them much-needed skills. The presentation of 2017 Vocational scholars is live today via Facebook, April 3, 2017.
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[VIDEO]: Vocational Skills are needed in today’s world and so Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos as more scholars for 2017.
Iskolar ni Manang Imee
“Iskolar ni Manang Imee” beneficiaries enrolled in technical-vocational programs in Ilocos Norte also receive their stipends. The “Iskolar ni Manang Imee” program in Ilocos Norte was launched in 2012 but it only started to include the technical-vocational scholars in the first semester of the academic year 2015-2016. Computer skills are enhanced in the 2017 batch.
Schools under PED Funding
The stipend is funded by the Provincial Education Department (PED) of the province to support the students enrolled in technical-vocational programs in the following schools: Bangui Institute of Technology, Marcos Agro-Industrial School (MAIS), Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades (INCAT), Mariano Marcos State University-College of Industrial Technology (MMSU-CIT), and the Overseas Technical Institute, Inc.
Each grantee of the Sirib academic scholarship program receives a total of P15, 650 per semester to include tuition fee, book allowance and board and lodging while, a Sirib community leaders’ scholarship grantee is getting Php7, 000.00 stipends per semester.
Purpose of Gov. Imee Marcos
The recipients of the technical-vocational “Iskolar ni Manang Imee” scholarship slots are mostly out-of-school. The program is developed to maximize the productivity of residents throughout Ilocos Norte by aiding them in finding a sustainable livelihood program.