Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos admits before an inquiry in the Congress that the purchase of 70 mini trucks is through direct contracting. BAC said that only a single supplier can comply with the requirements,” Marcos told lawmakers. Then the alleged 100 M LP bribe surfaces that irked Farinas.
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[VIDEO]: Imee Marcos’ source for the 100 M bribe to detain her by LP was asked by Farinas or else she will be cited for contempt by the Congress.
Marcos said only Foton had brand new, diesel-powered mini-trucks with the right specifications requested by farmer-beneficiaries. Since it’s already a repeat order, there’s no need for the bidding. It was already a direct purchase.
Room for Corruption
Farinas criticized Marcos’ handling on the purchase because entrusting a huge amount of cash advance to her employees can tempt them in doing anomalous transactions. Marcos acted in good faith that her people put their best in deciding on the right method to be able to negotiate with suppliers better for the interest of the farmers. She insisted that COA approved it so, she did not see any wrongdoings in that regard.
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.
LP’s 100 M Bribe to the Congress
Farinas explains that the governor discredits the Congress by saying that the LP bribes it to make sure of her detention. He did not accept Marcos’ disclosure that she has a source but cannot divulge his identity. At this point, Marcos is to be cited for contempt if she insists that the rumor was true. Farinas added that if she apologize and admits that she was just confused on her accusation, they will forgive her.
Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas shuts up his mouth after he was declared persona non grata in his own hometown. However, there are rumors that House Committee Chair, Johnny Pimentel tells Fariñas to inhibit from Imee Marcos and Ilocos 6 probe. The people can feel that there is power struggle happening in the 3 branches of government behind the scenes. But the worst thing is obvious. There is conflict even within the Congress itself.
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[VIDEO]: The House wants Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos to personally explain why the provincial Capitol used P66.45 million in tobacco funds to purchase motor vehicles.
Subpoena of Gov. Imee Marcos
Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos denies the alleged irregular purchase of P66.45-million motor vehicles in her province using tobacco excise tax shares. Rep. Fariñas initiated this controversial Congressional inquiry. In the subpoena, she is ordered to appear in the Congress on July 25 probe to shed light on the issue.
Fariñas owes his political glory to the Marcoses who was once a long-time ally of the popular Marcos clan in Ilocos Norte. His move is considered by most Filipinos as political in nature. This can be the reason by Pimentel wants him to inhibit from the case. Nex battle is between Pimentel and Bongbong Marcos whom he threatens to hold in contempt for alleged obstruction of justice.
Case Background on Probe
According to ABS party-list Rep. Eugene de Vera, the provincial government purchased 40 mini-cabs, five buses and 70 Foton mini-trucks from 2011 to 2012 without conducting proper public bidding. He added that the Land Transportation Office also said that none of the vehicles in question are registered under the provincial government. Gov. Marcos, the late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.’s daughter insists that the vehicles in question are existing and not overpriced. The registration can follow if required. They exist because of the farmers’ request.
Inquiry is Welcome
Nevertheless, Marcos welcomed the House inquiry. She notes that it would be an opportunity to amend Republic Act 7171. The law aims to promote the development of farmers in Virginia-type tobacco producing provinces. She is positive that it will give her the chance to clear up some issues regarding the transactions. Although, it is not clear yet if she will give in to the House of Representatives’ subpoena or negotiate a venue in Ilocos Norte for some talks.
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.
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?