Vice President Leni Robredo learned her lesson the hard way. If she continues to attack the President, her downfall can also be faster. It wise of her to snub the counter SONA at UP where most of her colleagues from the Liberal Party take turns in criticizing PDu30’s first year in office. She instead flew to Hong Kong with her daughter to spend time with the OFWs there over the weekend.
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[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno face the prospect of impeachment as the 17th Congress enters its second year, according to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
Story of Hope
Robredo is not at the counter SONA organized by opposition lawmakers. They are composed mainly of her party mates. It is held at the University of the Philippines recently. Robredo flew to Hong Kong over the weekend instead. She aims to gather inspiring stories from overseas Filipino workers for he “Istorya ng Pag-asa” project
”SOanoNA” was attended by Senators Risa Hontiveros, Bam Aquino, and Antonio Trillanes IV. They all delivered a message for detained Sen. Leila de Lima. Also present were Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano and Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat. No one clarified if Robredo knew about the event.
Colorful 2nd Year
Robredo and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno face the prospect of impeachment as the 17th Congress enters its second year. This is according to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. “That’s why this second year of Congress may become more colorful,” he said. Alvarez confirms that he is collecting evidence to build possible impeachment cases against Robredo and Sereno.
Alvarez’ anti-Marcos nature is evident in the Ilocos 6 case. He made sure that Gov. Imee Marcos and her six officials are treated as cruel as possible. This is not surprising because He is one of the direct successors of the Vice Presidency or Presidency for that matter. Koko Pimentel, the Senate President is also in the line of succession. This is the reason why Alvarez wants Robredo impeached instead of Bongbong Marcos to win the electoral protest. Nothing is as clear as that.
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.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez vows to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of the Supreme Court over her advice to the CA committee on the show cause order on Governor Imee Marcos’ case. It orders the three CA justices to explain why they should not be cited for contempt. This is for granting the petition for habeas corpus of the Ilocos 6.
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[VIDEO]: The chairman of the House Committee commends Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos. This is for her willingness to cooperate with an inquiry into the tobacco excise taxes.
Alvarez reacts to the report that Sereno orders the CA to defy the show-cause order. “If it is true then we will discuss it in Congress for a possible impeachment case,” he said. Sereno earlier had lunch with some justices to allegedly discuss their response to the Congress’ show cause order against the Ilocos 6 justices involved.
Justices in Trouble
The House of Representatives is in a with CA Associate Justices Stephen Cruz, Edwin Sorongon, and Nina Antonio-Valenzuela. They ordered the release of the Ilocos Norte officials detained by the Congress. This is for answering questions about an alleged anomaly over the purchase of P66.45 million worth of vehicles. The funds are from the tobacco excise taxes.
Southern Leyte Speech
In his speech during the PDP-Laban in Southern Leyte oath-taking, Alvarez announces the delay of the barangay and SK elections this year. “To all barangay officials who are here will be happy with this news that there will be no elections and that the barangay chairman will just be appointed,” he said.
Power over his Head
Alvarez is noted to threaten VP Leni Robredo of impeachment after her UN side event fiasco. The President was against it. Then it went quiet. This time, he talks about doing a “Corona” to CJ Sereno over its Ilocos 6 clash with Congress. The late Chief Justice was impeached during the Aquino administration. He was highly intimidated during hearings. Knowing that Du30 is an ally of the Marcoses, will he not say a word this time?
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.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr. came to the defense of the three CA magistrates who were threatened with contempt by the House committee in Congress that conducted the inquiry of Governor Imee Marcos’ Ilocos 6.
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[VIDEO]: House Committee, pinagpapaliwanag tungkol sa pag-iisyu ng release order para sa “Ilocos 6”
Congress’ Power Display
The committee voted unanimously to issue a show cause order to the three CA justices. This is for them to explain why they should not be held in contempt for contradicting the legislature’s prerogatives. They ordered the release of the “Ilocos Six” from House detention.
Supreme Court: Separation of Powers
The Supreme Court recognizes the implications of the separation of powers and judicial independence. They express deep concern over the show cause order of the House committee on good government and public accountability, Sereno and Reyes said.
Why Contempt Citation?
Sereno and Reyes added that the House may seek other legal options in questioning the June 9 resolution of the appellate court’s Special Fourth Division. It grants the habeas corpus petition of the six Ilocos Norte officials and employees for humanitarian reasons.
Undemocratic Treatments by Congress
The Congress is too tough to the three appeals court justices: Associate Justices Stephen Cruz, Edwin Sorongon and Nina Antonio-Valenzuela. They issued the release order of the Ilocos 6. Bongbong Marcos even went to the House and to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to plea that they may honor the release order. Alvarez was hesitant at first but later washes his hands on the matter.
Bongbong Marcos presents the Court of Appeals order to free the six detained Ilocos Norte officials to Congress on behalf of his sister Governor Imee Marcos. He vowed to exhaust all legal means to make the House of Representatives respect the discretion of its co-equal branch.
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[VIDEO]: Mismong si dating senador Bongbong Marcos ang nagpunta sa Kamara para ipresenta ang utos ng Court of Appeals na palayain na ang anim na empleyado ng Ilocos Norte Capitol. Pero tinabla ng liderato ng Kamara si Marcos.
Bongbong Marcos thinks that it is cruel and unusual to detain six employees of the Ilocos Norte government after House officials did not like their answers. Marcos. He visited them at the House Legislative Building. They are already in detention for 17 days now.
Fuzz over the Original
Ex-Ilocos Norte Governor and Representative Rodolfo Fariñas cited the officials in contempt after they asked for the original copies of his alleged digital proof that they have signed the cash advance from the tobacco funds for the purchase of some vehicles for barangay use.
Congress vs CA
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez called the justices behind the ruling ignorant of the law. He is known as a brave supporter of the president but obviously, he’s not for the Marcoses. The neck to neck power struggle is evident in the fight between the two equal branches of the government.
Marcos finds out that the employees are unable to rest well where they are now. He stressed that there’s no point to continue to detain them because that can’t change their answers to House officials.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reacts toughly after CA Special 4th Division Acting Presiding Justice Stephen Cruz issues a show cause order against him and House Sergeant-at-Arms Roland Detabali. They are asked to explain why they should not be cited in contempt for ignoring a June 9 ruling to release the officials. The conflict between the CA and the Congress is just hard to ignore because they confuse people. There is a resentment on how the hearings are conducted.
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[VIDEO]: epresentative Rodolfo Fariñas leads a House probe of Ferdinand Marcos’ daughter. Their families were longtime allies until they split in 2015.
P Imee or Pay imee?
Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas presents documents with the signatures of the officials who are still held in Congress. The tobacco funds were allegedly used to buy mini-cabs, secondhand buses, and Foton trucks. Fariñas even insinuates that the P Imee in the documents stands for “Pay Imee” which the witness answered that the document showed a clear P Imee there and not what he wanted to see.
Ilocos Norte officials did not refuse to answer the questions. They just want the committee to show them the original copies. This prompts Fariñas to cite the officials in contempt and have them detained by Detabali at the House Legislative Building because he does not have the original.
Who is Right?
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez have tough words against the three Court of Appeals justices who ordered him to explain why he should not be cited in contempt for refusing to release the 6 Ilocos Norte officials. “That’s gross ignorance of the law, he said and continued to swear at them in Tagalog.
The lawyers of Gov. Marcos’ employees said that their clients answered all questions to the best of their knowledge. The digital documents should have the original copies or else any one can just make them up. Alvarez must consider where the staff are coming from since government agencies always ask for originals to verify the copies.