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.
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos begs the Congress to talk the matters out in Ilocos Norte if they really want to properly investigate the accusations against her. Otherwise, the province is forced to fight back to defend itself should they push through in arresting her against the people’s will.
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[VIDEO]: House leaders are eyeing the possible impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, as well as the detention of three Court of Appeals justices and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos in connection with the House probe on the alleged misuse of excise tax funds.
Congress-Supreme Court Clash
The Congress under the leadership of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who is in the line of the VP succession won’t hesitate to impeach the Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. This is if she interferes with the Ilocos 6 show cause order against the CA justices under her branch. If Sereno won’t defend democracy, who would?
Johnny Pimentel, who chairs the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability pleads with Gov. Marcos to attend the hearing. He said that the conflict would escalate if they have to arrest her in her province. It will be the people against the Congress because Marcos is duly elected and well-supported by her constituents.
Bongbong Marcos is Not Worried
Pimentel even said that the country may soon see two Marcoses behind bars. Imee Marcos for her no-show on July 25 and Bongbong Marcos for his advice to his sister. The siblings are not at all worried about their threats. The brother just undermined it while the sister vows to fight arrest.
Civil War or Executive Intervention?
At the rate the Ilocos 6 conflict is going, it is likely that there’s some kind of a civil war scenario. The Congress insists on implementing its undemocratic rules against the people of Ilocos Norte. Ilocanos have suffered for over 30 years from the time that the Marcoses were forced into exile already. They will not back out on this one. The President knows that by heart. Is he not calling the shot to his unruly ally, Alvarez to respect democracy for once?
The House committee on good government and public accountability chairperson Johnny Pimentel and Sergeant-at-Arms Roland Detabali conducted a press tour to the detention room for Governor Imee Marcos in Congress.
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[VIDEO]: Posibleng detention room kay Gov. Imee Marcos, ipinakita
A “Dayan” Arrest
A subpoena for Marcos to attend the next hearing on July 25 is already issued by the Congress. Since she won’t submit herself voluntarily. They have to arrest her. Pimentel admits that it is difficult to do that in Ilocos Norte because she’s an elected governor with ample support from the people.
“De Lima” Contempt
Bongbong Marcos also is warned. The governor said that she wants to testify during the probe into her alleged misuse of P66.45 million worth of provincial tobacco funds. This is to purchase motor vehicles upon the request of the farmers themselves through their barangay officials including two of the Fariñas clan. However, her brother, Bongbong Marcos discourages her to so so. The younger Marcos just shrugged off their threats.
Doing a “Corona”
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez also vows to impeach Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for advising the justices involved to seek the intervention of her branch which is their constitutional right. Where is justice?
Gov. Marcos’ detention room is a 70- to 80-square-meter extension office of Detabali. It is on the 3rd floor of the House of Representatives’ main building. It is fully air-conditioned with private bathroom and a water heater. A solo metal bed with mattress and food are provided. She can also bring her own. Gadgets, television, and internet connection are allowed for her to continue working.
The Vice Presidential line of succession does not include Rep. Johnny Pimentel. Although he has the same last name with Senator Aquilino or Koko Pimentel who is the Senate President. He was once involved in the Pork barrel scam that implicates the Senator who denied it. So far, he’s just a menace to that surname. Under the constitution, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives are next in line to the VP post should it be vacated.
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[VIDEO]: Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, handang humarap sa Kamara
Senator-Governor Pork Clash
Senator Koko Pimentel claimed that his signature was forged in a 2012 memorandum of agreement. It was signed between Antonio Fleta, the undersecretary for finance before and Surigao Del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel. According to the MOA, Pimentel was allocated the funds for marginal farmers in Surigao Del Sur but the Senator insists that his signature was forged.
The Ultimate Dream
Johnny Pimentel, who chairs the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability said that the country may soon see two Marcoses behind bars. It is likely the scenario if Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos won’t show up in the House inquiry on July 25, he confirmed.
He said arresting a Marcos would be very difficult. If they will issue a warrant for the arrest, to do that to a popular incumbent governor who is a Marcos is a big challenge. This is a possibility given that the people of Ilocos Norte are behind Marcos.
Pimentel also said the governor’s brother, Bongbong Marcos should refrain from advising his sister – to disregard the House inquiry. To disobey a court summons is against the law. The question is, where is the democracy? Liberal Party politicians are noted to claim that they are Democrats but their actions are very undemocratic.
Supreme Court Chief Justice, Maria Lourdes Sereno recently talks over lunch with CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr. and several other justices of the appellate court recently. It ends up on the decision for the CA Committee to seek intervention with the Supreme Court for the release of the Ilocos 6.
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[VIDEO]: Detention cell ni Imee Marcos, inihahanda na
No Compliance with Congress
It was agreed during the that the CA justices seek Supreme Court intervention if the House leadership insists on the “show cause order” against the three appellate justices. The justices were told by CJ Sereno “not to comply with the House processes. Instead, they should immediately file a petition for prohibition before the SC as soon as they receive the show cause order”.
Sereno and Reyes earlier call on the House leadership to reconsider the show cause order issued by the House committee. It cites its implications on separation of powers and judicial independence. They ask House leaders to avail of all legal remedies available under the Constitution instead. These are democratic in nature. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez rejects the call and reiterates that Sereno should discipline the CA justices.
Teeth to Teeth
The CA issues a show cause order that requires House sergeant-at-arms Roland Detabali to explain why he should not be cited in contempt for defying the release order. He also twice rejects its service twice. House officials refuse to accept the orders and insist that they are invalid. They said that the appellate court has no jurisdiction over the matter.
Hitting Two Birds
The Congress hit two birds with this statement of Imee Marcos; “I want to explain myself in Congress but others said I should not. Bongbong told me I could also be detained,” she said. First, detain the sister then second, charge the brother with obstruction of justice. It seems that Sereno is the only hope for now but she is also under close watch by netizens who are monitoring the electoral protest against Leni Robredo against further delays.
Bongbong Marcos does not worry over his own arrest by the Congress with regards to his advice to his older sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos. He eats threats always. Besides, he has the electoral protest to work on. Gov. Marcos plans to once again snob the upcoming hearing of the alleged anomalous use of the tobacco excise tax.
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[VIDEO]: IMEE MARCOS POSIBLENG MAKULONG PAG HINDI SISIPOT SA KAMARA,BONG BONG MARCOS DAMAY
Not New to Threats
Marcos just dismisses the announcement that the Congress can cite him for contempt over his sisterly advice. “Well. We’ve all been threatened with arrest,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) meeting in Makati City recently.
Governor Imee Marcos confirms that it’s a no-show for her on July 25 for the House’ inquiry into Ilocos province’s P66.45 million worth purchase of vehicles allegedly. The purchase uses the province’s tobacco excise funds. This is a practice in the province even during Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas time as governor. The lady governor prioritizes the needs of the farmers as per their requests. Her brother thinks that the Ilocos 6’s plight tells him that his sister can easily be arrested and humiliated which is against her rights.
Obstruction of Justice
Pimentel threatens Bongbong Marcos that he can be arrested for obstruction of justice for the said advice. Pimentel’s action is likened to Senator de Lima’s advice to her former bodyguard Ronnie Dayan. She thinks that he better stay away from the House probe into the proliferation of the illegal drug trading in the national penitentiary last year. She was charged with violation of Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code hereby referred to as disobedience to the summons.
Bongbong Marcos is confident that the anti-Marcos Solons will go nowhere in their politicking stunts. He’s not event worried about their dramas in Congress. He has the election protest against VP Leni Robredo to concentrate on when the preliminary conference starts on July 11.