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.
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.
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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 Gov. Imee Marcos showed up at the July 25 hearing at the Congress into the alleged misuse of tobacco funds. Marcos said that she honors the subpoena issued against her by the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability. She also said that she takes this an opportunity to defend her side of the story.
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[VIDEO]: Gov. Imee Marcos shocked the Congress for showing up during the probe of the alleged misuse of tobacco excise funds.
At the hearing, Marcos cleared her name by saying that the House allegations against Ilocos Norte provincial government are not true. The bidding was done through the website for the first lot but on the second order, it was a direct purchase as specified by the needs of the farmers.
She was Grilled
Few Congressmen take turns in grilling Marcos. She retained her innocence on the allegedly wrong process of using the tobacco funds not specified by the law. She insisted, however, that she acted based on the urgent need of her constituents. It is obvious that the lawmakers are leading her to admit that she allowed corruption to happen by signing on the cash advance that she ultimately denied.
The Governor Apologizes
The governor made it a point to apologize of some disclosure that she cannot provide evidence right on the spot. One was the new affidavit of Pedro Gorospe who allegedly stole the documents as contemplated by his sister-in-law Cynthia Gorospe, Farinas’ aid. However, Farinas clarified from his old affidavit that he returned the original documents. It was only a few months ago that he learned there were lost as Farinas filed the inquiry.
Some of the detained Ilocos Norte officials also testified to back up the justification of Marcos. This leads the Congress to say that if they were that open during the last four sessions, they could have avoided the detention. On this note, Marcos loyalists are assured that the presence of former First Lady Imelda Marcos and Senator Juan Ponce Enrile will not allow the Congress to easily detain the governor if they do not like her answers. Besides, a group of farmers is waiting outside of the House.
Barangay Macapagal, a settlement put up by former first lady Imelda Marcos. It is on a hill at the northern side of this former United States military base-turned-economic zone in Zambales. This is just one of the many projects of Marcos that is rarely mentioned by most mainstream media here and abroad just because she has a great collection of state of the art shoes. The first Aeta UP graduate proudly resides here, making it his footstool. The Barangay exists to this day as a living testament for the Marcoses’ good governance.
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[VIDEO]: Panayam kay Norman King, first Aeta U.P. graduate
The Aeta community around Mt. Pinatubo wears with pride its traditional costume. Norman King is the first ever UP graduate, who obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in behavioral sciences. King is a proud native Aeta, during UP Manila’s recognition day on June 20 and graduation on June 21, King wore the Aeta G-string. He is the eldest among seven siblings who workshis way through school.
No Poverty Mentality
His parents, Warlita and Roman only earn as vegetable and fruit growers. This is not enough for the children’s education even if the patriarch worked as the driver for the late Justice Eleazer de Los Santos. After finishing high school in Angeles City in 2004, King worked as a delivery boy for Gintong Sining Art Center in Makati City for P3,700 a month. He studied to become a computer technician in 2005. That’s when he got a job in 2008 at a business process outsourcing company with P16,000 monthly salary.
Give Back to the Community
King plans to take up law to help Aetas defend themselves and their lands. His aunt, Wyda Cosme of Zambales, is the first Aeta law graduate. This proves that if a Filipino is nurtured by his or her community and supported by the government’s educational system, livelihood is not impossible to undertake to support one’s purpose.
Give Back to the Community
King plans to take up law to help Aetas defend themselves and their lands. His aunt, Wyda Cosme of Zambales, is the first Aeta law graduate. This proves that if a Filipino is nurtured by his or her community and supported by the government’s educational system, livelihood is not impossible to undertake to support one’s purpose. for as long as poverty mentality won’t pull them down. During the late President, Ferdinand Marcos’ regime he established schools and learning institutions nationwide spearheaded by his wife. This is on top of hospitals, infrastructure, and other public service facilities. These are physical evidence the black media propaganda against the Marcoses can die an easy death because the fruits of their labor still exist to this date and even beyond.
The Congress or House of Representatives gets its bad reputation nowadays because of some lawmakers’ partiality or unfair treatments particularly with the Ilocos 6. Remember that the House is not just the office of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Rep. Johnny Pimentel, and Rodolfo Fariñas. Former First Lady Imelda Marcos and Former President Gloria-Macapagal-Arroyo are Congresswomen as well. This is why Bongbong Marcos advised her sister to bring the matter locally.
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[VIDEO]: Bagamat wala pang iniisyu na warrant of arest laban kay Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos ay ipinasisilip na ng Kamara ang detention chamber para sa Gobernadora sakaling bigo itong dumalo sa July 25 hearing kaugnay sa isyu ng maling paggamit ng pondo ng probinsiya.
Scared for the Congress
Governor Imee Marcos’s refusal to attend the tobacco anomaly probe on July 25 has nothing do with her guilt. Her explanation through a press conference says it all. She is indeed the voice of the people. Her ways are for the welfare of her constituents, unlike her rival Fariñas’ politicking. It is scary to think that the people have this negative perception about the House of Representatives when there are only a few in power that commit such power abuses.
Hypothetical in Nature
“We will be following the proper procedure. What is Gov. Imee afraid of? We will not detain her. The detention room showed to the media is just hypothetical in nature,” Pimentel said. He clarified that the House’s detention rooms were only shown at the request of the media.
Marcos said that she will cooperate in the inquiry. This is “on the faith that the committee would conduct its current inquiry in accordance with the letter and spirit of Sec. 21, Art. VI of the Constitution—that the inquiry is in aid of legislation and that the rights of persons appearing therein are protected.”
The governor just recently announced that she invited the House Committee to conduct talks about the alleged tobacco excise tax anomaly in Ilocos Norte as suggested by Bongbong Marcos. If they insist on their unconstitutional method, then Marcos has no choice but to defend herself and her constituents’ rights as lawful as possible.