Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos made a great sacrifice in facing the Congress for the alleged misuse of tobacco funds despite the many advises not to show up during the July 25 hearing. She is apologetic to the House and even swallowed her pride in retracting her previous statements. All for the sake of the Ilocos’ 6 freedom. This would also allow her to continue fighting in the open.
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[VIDEO]: Gov. Marcos explains that they can only resort to direct contracting because there’s only one supplier based on the specified request.
Direct Contracting is Legal
Gov. Marcos maintained her stand that the direct contracting followed the legal process as evaluated by COA. There may be some processes that were not followed but the truth is firmly brought out no matter how the Congress Representatives grilled her that there’s definitely no corruption in the said transaction.
Lifting of the Contempt Order
Majority leader Rudy Fariñas moved for the lifting of the contempt order and for the issuance of the release order of the six officials. He clarified his move by saying that the officials admitted during the hearing that it was their signatures on pertinent disbursement vouchers and other documents.
Never Mind the Humiliation, Freedom Matters
The House committee chairperson Surigao Del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel approved Fariñas’ motion. The audience applauded. Ilocos Norther Gov. Imee Marcos said that she is happy that her employees can finally go home to their families after 55 days in detention.
Gov. Imee Marcos in an exclusive interview that a P100-million fund from the “yellow” forces is at stake for lawmakers. She cites a reliable source who said that once she fails to show up during the July 25 hearing in the Congress, the money will be distributed. The Congress investigates the alleged use of P66.45 million in excise taxes to buy motor vehicles for the farmers under her watch.
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[VIDEO]: Pagkulong sa “Ilocos 6” sa Kamara, tinawag na hostage crisis ni Gov. Imee Marcos
Warning from Lawmakers in Congress
Some lawmakers warn that the governor contempt citation is sure if she will not show up on July 25. Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel even showed members of the media the detention cell prepared for her
No Freedom for Ilocos 6
The House of Representatives insists on the continued detention of Ilocos 6 for more than two months now. They are the six employees of the provincial government who refuse to discuss the purchase of vehicles according to the wishes of the interrogators. Marcos asks the Supreme Court to intervene in the case by assuming jurisdiction over a petition for habeas corpus pending at the Court of Appeals. However, the justice in charge inhibits from the case and no one wants to replace him so far.
The employees were cited in contempt for refusing to answer questions from the Pimentel panel, saying they cannot do so since the queries were based on photocopies of documents used in the procurement of the vehicles. The probe was initiated by Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas, a former ally of the Marcoses. It is rumored that the original documents were stolen by a former janitor loyal to Fariñas from the Capitol.
Liberal Party Strategy
Marcos noted that Fariñas used to be a member of the Liberal Party or LP know as the yellow faction. He just joined the ruling PDP-Laban party when Du30 becomes President. The governor said she sees a wider “conspiracy” not only against her over the allegedly anomalous vehicle purchase but the entire Marcos family. This is more likely because Bongbong Marcos seems to be favored in his electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo. The LP members are in full gear to discredit any Marcos for fear that another Ferdinand Marcos can become the next President of the Philippines as per Du30’s wishes.
Bongbong Marcos can become the first Filipino to be charged or detained for the offense of “obstruction of injustice” in the Congress. This is a clear usurpation act by House Committee Chair, Johnny Pimentel. The only way he can redeem his name is to edit the charge. Instead of his “obstruction of justice” allegation, he has to revise it to “obstruction of injustice” against Marcos. This might compensate for the injustice to Marcos of being robbed of the Vice Presidency in the 2016 elections.
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[VIDEO]: IMEE MARCOS MAKUKULONG! KAPATID NA SI BONGBONG MARCOS PUMALAG!
Arrest Bongbong Marcos?
Many people resist the obvious abuse of power in the 16th Congress. Bongbong Marcos just shrugs off the news of Pimentel’s threat to arrest him. This is on his advice to sister, Gov. Imee Marcos not to attend the July 25 hearing on the alleged tobacco anomaly. Johnny Pimentel’s big words must be put to the test. He may report Marcos to the Batasan for arrest and detention by him.
The Controversial Detention
Pimentel for sure will not make the arrest. He may even shut up. The confidence of most Filipinos is already shaken. The country’s prestige to be the defender of democracy have been hurt by these abusive congressmen. They display a degree of tyranny that they accuse the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos of. They should free the Ilocos 6 ASAP to save the Congress.
Power Abuse of the Congress
The abuse lies in the takeover by a House committee of such power that belongs to the executive and to the judicial branch. The heart of the danger is the fact that the government allows itself to be ruined by some ambitious and ruthless political leaders.
Anti-Usurpation Move by the Supreme Court
Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes calls on his colleagues to continue the fight for judicial independence. “Protect the Supreme Court from the unsavory meddling of those who are trying to taint its integrity.” He mentioned the threat of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for her call to the CA justices to defy the House’s show- cause order against the three magistrates who issued the release of Ilocos 6.
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.
It is a mockery for the Congress to prepare the Internet-equipped detention room of the elected Governor Imee Marcos for her to continue her work online. The question is not in her ability to work away from her official office but in their undemocratic approaches when there are other legal remedies available under the constitution.
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[VIDEO]: Imee Marcos would still be able to work as chief executive of Ilocos should the House of Representatives order her arrested for failure to attend a hearing on her alleged misuse of tobacco funds.
Congress Turned Jail
House good government and public accountability committee chairman, Rep. Johnny Pimentel took reporters on a tour of Marcos’s “hypothetical” detention room at the extension office of Sergeant-at-Arms Roland Detabali at the third floor. It is fronting the rooftop of the main building’s South Wing.
Asked if Marcos could still do her job if she was ordered detained on a contempt citation, Pimentel said: “Probably, she can.” “There’s Wi-Fi, there’s the Internet; she’s also allowed to bring her cell phone. Actually, our rules are very liberal,” Pimentel. Yes, Liberal Party ways indeed.
No Arrest Warrant Yet
The press tour in Marcos’ detention room is ready even before the arrest warrant. This is a purely to intimidate Marcos if not mental torture. No citizen or leader for that matter should go through the ordeal under the democratic constitution. It is really clear that these lawmakers are sadistic in nature. They are not fit to create laws for the welfare of the people.
Supreme Court Supremacy
There are also the “hypothetical” detention rooms for the three justices of the Court of Appeals Special Fourth Division. They ordered the release of the so-called Ilocos Six provincial officers. The Congress cited them in contempt because of their unsatisfactory answers from May 29 until at present. The Supreme Court still has the right to intervene with the abuses of their co-equal branch. But the House headed by Pimentel and Alvarez just want to deprive them of their freedom against all odds.