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The Du30-Arroyo-Marcos Alliance is Now Evident in the Congress

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Two powerful women loyal to the Du30 administration contributed to the success of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s bid for speakership at the Congress. Gov. Imee Marcos and Presidential daughter and Mayor Sara Du30 graced Arroyo’s lunch meeting in a Quezon City hotel. She said that it was her gesture of appreciation to politicians who supported her recent bid. Arroyo and Du30 were in red during the even while Marcos was stunning than ever.






Youtube video by; ABS-CBN News

[VIDEO]:  Lawmakers say former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio joined forces to oust Davao Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as House speaker.




Power 3 During Thank You Lunch

Speaker Arroyo had a “thank you lunch” with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, and some 150 lawmakers last Monday, July 30. Mayor Du30 previously had a grudge with the ousted ex-Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Marcos also had a conflict with another unseated former Liberal Party member Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas. 




The True Alliance against the Great Pretenders

Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas leads the probe into the alleged misuse of tobacco funds under Governor Imee Marcos. The lady governor previously kept her cool against the former Majority Leader.  Legislators allied with Arroyo said Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos. She is allegedly campaigning to stop her rival Fariñas from getting a leadership position in the lower chamber.

The Union of the Unwanted Leaders

Fariñas has joined a minority bloc in the House of Representatives to be with Rep. Alvarez. Fariñas admitted that Rep. Prospero Pichay Jr. assured him that he could retain his post as majority floor leader even if Alvarez would be ousted but it was not the case. The Ilocos Norte lawmaker, however, chose to join his PDP-Laban party mate in the minority bloc instead. He declares his loyalty to Alvarez.









Party Membership Convenience

Another claimant to the minority block is Rep. Romero Quimbo. He criticizes politicians who just join a political party because it’s the flavor of the month so to speak. They actually do not carry the principles of such a group. Therefore it would be easier for them to go back to their roots or form a new alliance such as the minority block.




Women on Top in the Du30 Regime

The humanitarian crusaders seem to be quiet nowadays. They were known for their discrediting President Du30. They accuse him of being a rapist, anti-women, and a dictator. However, the Arroyo, Marcos, and Du30’s emergence prove that the older Du30 ‘s votes remain intact.




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Anti-Marcos Politicians Start to Lose Power as Gov. Imee Marcos Influences the Congress

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Honorable Fredenil “Fred” Castro, Majority Leader (Interim) District Representative Capiz, 2nd District in the Congress said that the election if a new Majority leader in a quorum automatically made the position of Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas vacant. The manifestation becomes evident after he questioned Resolution 2025 that validates CGMA’s election as House Speaker.  Arroyo actually has no problem with Fariñas being retained as the Majority Floor Leader but another influential group blocks his reappointment led allegedly by Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos.






Youtube video by; GMA News

[VIDEO]:  Rep. Fariñas, kinuwestiyon ang pagtalaga kay Arroyo bilang House Speaker




PDP Laban Membership is Based on Convenience

Castro is not at all bothered by the chaos in the Congress. He said that the House of Representatives remains interesting like before. No one can stop anyone from questioning anything. However, the diminishing PDP-Laban members in power can send members of their group who just joined for convenience to go back to their old political parties. These are the politicians who oppose the government’s directions despite their alliance with the President’s party.




Erasing from the Political Landscape

Castro hints that the PDP-Laban may be erased from the political landscape when after a massive exodus. However, the ones who are truly-inclined with the party’s objectives will remain. They can also start recruiting for new allies to help out in their specific quests.

The Marcos-Fariñas Conflict

Gov. Marcos and Fariñas have a bitter-sweet history of both political alliances and feuds. The latest was in 2017. It was when the former conducted a House a probe into the alleged misuse of P66.45 million worth of provincial tobacco funds to purchase vehicles earlier approved by the Ilocos Norte Governor.









COA Inquiry on the Congress Issue by Fariñas

The COA said that the local government did not conduct the physical count of inventories held for consumption. These include office, food, medical, and agricultural supplies. The inventories that total to over ₱125 million were not checked for completeness and condition. Thus resulting in the possible loss of government funds due to overstocking and deterioration.




No Corruption

In response, the Ilocos Norte government said it will establish an Inventory Committee to conduct a physical count every six months. It added there was no overstocking of inventories. The supplies were not obsolete. The officer-in-charge of the Government Services Offices confirms that he is now waiting for the issuance of the official receipt and certificate of registration for the vehicles questioned by Farinas. The vehicles will then be insured to the Government Service Insurance System. The local government also clarifies that the fuel was purchased from Total in a special and exclusive offer that reduced costs. Any discrepancy found is certainly not a corruption issue but just a mere logistical process realignment for a sustainable spending. It has now become obvious that it is not advisable to be negative about the Marcoses under the Du30 regime. The lady governor surely found favor in the President’s eyes.




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Bongbong Marcos on Congress Hearing: It Has Gone Beyond Political Conflict

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos thinks that the investigation at the Congress is merely motivated by politics. “It started off that way. I think it’s gone beyond that.” He and Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos were also at the hearing. Governor Imee Marcos was with her legal counsel, former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.






Video by; Rappler
[VIDEO]: The former senator and Ilocos Norte governor attend the hearing to support his sister, the incumbent governor of the province.



The Congress is Not the Right Venue

Former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. questions why the issue “ended up in the House” in the first place. “I am not sure why it ended up here in the House of Representatives. It’s a political conflict in Ilocos Norte that turned into a personal one,” said Marcos. He is also a former governor of the province. His sister, governor Imee Marcos is the subject of a probe into the alleged misuse of the funds to purchase motor vehicles.




Ilocos 6’s Opinions

Marcos is not alone in his opinion. “I think you can ask the Ilocos 6 what they think of that,” explained Marcos Jr., referring to provincial employees who had been detained by the House of Representatives in late May 2017 who just gave the best answers they possibly knew during the hearing.



Going Around in Circles

The hearing was initiated by Majority Speaker Rodolfo Fariñas, who represents the first district of the province. It is evident in the Congress hearing video that he is too emotional and personal to conduct such investigation. He can’t be fair when his reputation is also in the line. At one point, Gov. Marcos and he debated on using their names in local projects. He only escapes confrontation as he has the power to turn his wrath into the other members of the Ilocos 6.








Surprise Drama

Farinas approached and spoke briefly with Governor Marcos, Representative Marcos, and Enrile. Fariñas had his back on Marcos Jr., who stands a few seats away from his mother. The majority leader acted surprised as he bumped into the former Senator. Is Farinas’ grudge rooted from the brother and not the sister?




http://www.rappler.com/nation/special-coverage/corona-trial/87-cast-of-characters/1025-sen-ferdinand-marcos-jr




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Congress Theater Show: Fariñas, the Villain – Imee Marcos, the Star (The Rest are Extras)

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.






Youtube video by; GMA News
[VIDEO]: Imee Marcos, humarap sa pagdinig kaugnay ng umano’y maanomalyang paggamit ng tobacco excise tax fund



Preview Thrill

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.




Political theater




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Imee Marcos for Senator 2019 is the Aftermath of Ilocos 6 Conflict

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The initially perceived as negative publicity for Gov. Imee Marcos has turned into calls for her to run as senator. That is a positive aftermath for the former President Ferdinand Marcos’ eldest daughter who is now constitutionally barred from seeking reelection in 2019. This leaves her open to pursue other positions.






Youtube Video by; INQUIRER.net

[VIDEO]: After over 50 days in detention, the six Ilocos Norte provincial government officials on Tuesday were ordered released by the House of Representatives.




Aftermath: 2019 Plans

Ilocos Norte Gov. Marcos admits that the House of Representatives inquiry into her alleged misuse of P66.5 million in tobacco funds is all about politics. She surprisingly showed up at the House Committee’s hearing in honor of the subpoena issued against her. “I think it’s all about the 2019 plans,” Marcos said. This leads her to think that she can help in creating and reviewing laws.




Unity among Ilocanos

Senator Enrile intends to unite the Ilocanos. The governor also hopes to be in good terms again with Rep. Rudy Farinas. “I’m always hopeful that a peaceful negotiation can be made. The election is still far away if this is ‘Game of Thrones, the north remembers.’ ‘I hope that it’s not ‘Winter is coming,’ or else it would be scary,” Marcos said.




Will Help to Create Laws

Despite her strong feeling that the conflict arises due to political reasons, she still wishes that things can be resolved without making other people suffer. She is confident that she can help in making vital laws for the good of the country. Can this be an indicator that she will run for senator in 2019?









Not Using Presidential Connection

Marcos does not want to bother the President on the matter. “The president is aware of the issue. Obviously, he reads the newspapers. He is busy with the courts. I do not want to bother him anymore,” Marcos said.




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Thanks to Gov. Imee Marcos’ Sacrifice, Ilocos 6 are Now Free from the Congress

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.






Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[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.









Ilocos 6 Release Order from the Congress

 




‘Ilocos Six’ free to go







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Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas Cited Gov. Imee Marcos for Contempt in the Congress

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.






Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[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.



Repeat Order

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.




http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/25/17/imee-admits-mini-truck-procurement-did-not-undergo-bidding







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Gov. Imee Marcos Shocked Everyone by Showing up at the Congress Probe

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.






Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: Gov. Imee Marcos shocked the Congress for showing up during the probe of the alleged misuse of tobacco excise funds.



No Corruption

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.









Ilocos 6

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.




http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/07/25/1721353/imee-marcos-attends-house-probe-alleged-misuse-tobacco-funds







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Imee Marcos: ‘Ilocos 6’ in Danger as the Congress Tries to Hide them from SONA

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Gov. Imee Marcos asks the House not to hide from the President the “Ilocos 6” when he delivers his second State of the Nation Address or SONA. The Congress prolongs the detention of the six Ilocos Norte officials despite calls from legal experts. House Majority Leader Rodolfo C. Fariñas initiates the case but seems discrete enough not to divulge the details to the President.






Youtube video by; UNTV News and Rescue
[VIDEO]: Hindi pinagbiyan ng Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso ang hiling kahapon ni Ilocos Norte Congresswoman Imelda Marcos na palayain na ang Ilocos 6 na dalawampung araw ng nakaditine.



No Mercy and Compassion

Marcos pleads to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas to have the heart to give mercy and compassion to their fellow public servants. She fears that the Ilocos 6 can be hidden in isolation cells.  This is a way for Alvarez and Farinas not to be “reprimanded” if the President found out about their degrading situation.




Cruel Treatment

Marcos is aware that the House leadership desperately looks for a place where they could temporarily hide the six employees so as not to distract the SONA. The lawmakers did not even respect her mother’s earlier plea to be merciful to those government employees. The former First Lady, Imelda Marcos is also a member of the Congress. Her Brother Bongbong Marcos widely criticizes the House’s cruelty as well. It even responds by giving the threat to detain him also for contempt.




Swearing on Fake Documents

The six officials are very careful not to comment on the digital copies of the missing documents with the governor’s signature. They are aware that Fariñas can fake the said evidence. Their lawyers warn them that to testify under oath with a fake evidence is against the law. They can’t expect anything from the Ilocos 6 anymore. Especially now that the missing documents are found to be stolen by Fariñas’ aid.









No Chance at SC yet

Go. Marcos even led the group in filing a petition asking the High Court to take jurisdiction over the case. The aim is to stop a probe being conducted by lawmakers and issue a writ of Amparo. This can stop the issuance of a subpoena against her to force her to testify in Congress. However, 3 justices inhibit from the case and it is now pending.




https://www.untvweb.com/videos/tinaguriang-ilocos-6-hindi-pa-rin-pinalalaya-sa-pagkakaditine-sa-kamara/

Imee: Don’t hide Ilocos 6 during SONA




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Can the Congress Stop Bullying ‘Ilocos 6’, Imee Marcos Now that the Missing Documents are Traced?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Party-list Rep. Enrico Pineda said that Gov. Imee Marcos alone can explain to the Congress the mysterious disappearance of all documents pertaining to the questionable diversion of funds. That was for the welfare of tobacco farmers but the governor insists that it was the beneficiaries themselves who requested the purchase of the vehicles. Marcos discloses that it was the brother of Rep. Rudy Farinas’ aid who stole the originals from COA.






Youtube video by; News5Everywhere
[VIDEO]: Umalma si Rep. Johnny Pimentel sa tirada ni Bongbong Marcos na pinu-pulitika ng kamara ang kanyang ate sa isyu ng excise tax.



Seeking Refuge at Supreme Court Fails

Jose Vicente Opinion, the dean of the Eastern Samar State University College of Law, warned that a constitutional crisis would result from the Congress’s defiance of the decision of the appellate court’s Special Fourth Division. It grants the writ of habeas corpus of the six Ilocos Norte officials and employees. In fact, Marcos already Seeks the Ilocos 6′ release by virtue of the writ of Amparo at the Supreme Court but this was halted. Three justices inhibit from the case.




Stop the Congress Bullying

Law experts also call on the Congress to stop bullying the Ilocos 6 and Marcos. The CA should not be bullied as well, they said. The ‘Ilocos Six’ case might be indefinite not that the Supreme Court prioritizes internal conflicts over them due to disunity within the branch.




Digital Copies can Easily be Faked

Marcos’s signatures were on most of the documents pertaining to the cash advances made to procure five second-hand buses, 70 mini trucks, and 40 multi cabs. This from the purchase requests to the obligation requests for the funds, and even the disbursement vouchers. However, digital copies can easily be faked. It is also an offense to swear on a fake document. So, this left the Ilocos 6 no choice but to bear detention.









Documents Were Stolen

Marcos explains that an employee of Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas allegedly took the original copies of documents from the Commission on Audit (COA) office in Laoag City.
Cynthia Gorospe is an employee and coordinator in Fariñas office. She compelled her brother in law, Pedro Gorospe, who was a janitor at the COA office at that time. Bongbong Marcos is right that what they’ve done to the Ilocos 6 is cruel just for the sake of politics.




http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/915430/imee-marcos-says-farinas-aide-stole-coa-papers

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/912730/ilocos-6-urged-to-elevate-case-to-supreme-court

Imee, Ilocos 6 lawyer to SC: Resist lawmakers’ ‘bullying’