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Fariñas Condemned: No to Ria Christina for Congress Rep and Rudy for Ombudsman


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Gov. Imee Marcos faces the media in Manila while her lawyers filed before the Supreme Court an omnibus petition to seek the liberty of her employees. This is an order that “enjoins and prohibits” the conduct of the House investigation, and the issuance of the writ. Marcos swears that Ilocos Norte remembers and condemns Rudy Fariñas’ ambition to be Ombudsman and Congress Rep. for his daughter.

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[VIDEO]: Ayon kay Marcos, gusto niyang pumunta sa pagdinig pero mayroong nagpapayo sa kaniya na sa Ilocos na lamang magpa-interrogate sa pamamagitan ng video conference.

Illegal, Cruel and Evil

“Incarcerating my poor, old, defenseless employees in order to force them to testify against me and against the province is not only illegal, cruel and evil, it is also cowardly,” Marcos said. “Please, Congress, free the “Ilocos Six,” and if this is truly the ‘Game of Thrones,’ please be warned today: the North remembers and it never forgets,” she vowed.

Disruption of Public Service

She said the allegation distracts the Ilocos Norte officials from attending to the province’s affairs. Marcos and her detained finance officials; Pedro Agcaoili, chair of the provincial bids and awards committee and provincial planning and development officer; Evangeline Tabulog, provincial budget officer; Josephine Calajate, provincial treasurer; Eden Battulayan, provincial accountant; and provincial treasurer’s office staff Genedine Jambaro and Encarnacion Gaor are the petitioners in the official plea.

Crisis in Congress

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Marcos’ local rival, Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel, chair of the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability, and Lt. Gen. Roland Detabali, the House Sergeant-at-Arms are under the lawsuit. “If there is terrorism in Marawi, there is a hostage crisis in Congress. Marcos describes the plight of the Ilocos Norte officials where they are held hostage in the House of Representatives.

Loyal North

Marcos, daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos whose family has loyal followers nationwide especially in the north, traced the controversy to an early “politicking” for local positions in her province. Fariñas family has a stake, especially in the governorship and mayoralty. The Senate and the Congress are also possible branches for nationwide positions that the two families can clash.

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Imee Marcos Fights Fariñas, Seeks Supreme Court Intervention

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Democracy is tested in the Philippines with the involvements of the 3 co-equal branches of the government over the Ilocos 6. Due to the abuse of power in the Congress, Gov. Imee Marcos seeks the intervention of the Supreme court. The executive powers seem to agree with this.

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[VIDEO]: Gov. Imee Marcos: Usapin sa Ilocos 6, dahil sa away-politika

Marcos Fights Fariñas

Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos said the House investigation into the alleged illegal purchase of P66.4 million worth of buses and multi-cabs that are considered by the Congress as an alleged misuse of tobacco excise taxes – even before reaching the verdict obviously stemmed from her political rivalry with Fariñas in their province.

On to the Supreme Court

Marcos lambasts her political rival Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas and dared him to bring the fight back to their province. She also seeks intervention from the Supreme Court at the same time. Legal experts already urged the Congress to respect the SC’s show cause order for the immediate conditional release of the six Ilocos Norte government officials but they were simply ignored.

Local Politics to Ombudsman

Since local politics started it all, Marcos thinks that they should just bring the fight back to Ilocos Norte. She explained that she reconciled with Fariñas in 2010 only to have a falling out again. This is after the lawmaker requested that his daughter succeeds him as a congressional representative. Fariñas allegedly wants to ombudsman after serving three terms in Congress.

COA Approved

The COA reports show that all projects questioned are fully liquidated. There’s never an anomaly or ghost project, said Marcos. These vehicles benefitted our farmers,” she added. Fariñas’ son Rodolfo Jr. and nephew Jeff Erickson requested for mini trucks questioned. Can this be a sabotage by the elderly Fariñas? Nothing is wrong in procuring the vehicles via the cash advance scheme instead of public bidding. The governor argues that the method is legal.

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Bongbong Marcos on the Congress’ Cruelty against Sister Imee


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos has never seen the kind of cruelty to the Ilocos Norte witnesses now called as Ilocos 6 that is extended to his sister, Gov. Imee Marcos. He has been a congressman himself and it never happened before in the House of Representatives that they do such a thing.

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[VIDEO]: Gov. Imee Marcos, idinulog sa SC ang pagkakadetine sa Kamara ng tinaguriang Ilocos six

Congress Cruelty

This is what Marcos thinks of the Congress; “I think it’s entirely unnecessary and the word, I believe, is cruel,” he said. Marcos’ sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, was subpoenaed by the House of Representatives to attend the hearing on July 25. She already refused 3 hearings before that on the alleged ₱66-million purchase of government vehicles using funds for tobacco farmers.

Political Campaign

Gov. Marcos was willing to attend the hearing. It’s Bongbong Marcos who is against it. This prompted Pimentel to warn the former senator that he could be cited for contempt. Marcos then commented that the move seemed to be a part of some kind of personal revenge or political campaign.

Congressional Race

House Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte 1st District Rep. Rudy Farinas spearheads the inquiry. He was a previously a political ally of the Marcoses. It is now known that he wanted his daughter to run as the representative for District 1 for Ilocos Norte. Gov. Marcos even transferred to District 2 after his request. However, the political ambition of the clan goes beyond that. They want to destroy the Marcoses.

Marcos’ Compassion

Marcos said that the so-called “Ilocos 6” were members of his staff during his time as governor. Then inherited by his sister when she assumed the post. “Now they’re languishing in this little room in the House of Representatives for no good reason as far as I can see, except that perhaps the members of the Committee did not like their answers,” he said.

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Fariñas Gives People the Impression that the Congress is Judgmental without Due Process


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Rep Rudy Fariñas gives the Congress a bad name. He is found to be judgemental without doing his homework. By doing so, the people have the impression that the House already has a verdict even before giving the Ilocos 6 and Gov. Imee Marcos due process under the Constitution.

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[VIDEO]: Rep. Fariñas, hinamon si Gov. Imee Marcos na magharap sila hinggil sa isyu sa Tabacco Excise Tax

Present during Distribution

Gov. Imee Marcos said there were no ghost projects using the tobacco funds. She even points out that Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas who accuses her of such misuse was with her during the distribution of the vehicles.

No Idea

Fariñas admits that he was invited during the distribution. He can even attest that they were given to barangay captains. However, he had no idea that tobacco funds were used to purchase them. He also didn’t know that it was done through cash advances and that there was no public bidding. Each motor vehicle was worth P465,000 which could shock him, he said.

Did the Same Thing

Fariñas also did the same thing during his time but argues that the “multicabs” were given to the villages under his district at the right prices. “Pickups were priced at P180,000 each, while pickups with canopy for its bed were worth P200,000 each,” Fariñas compared. The pickups with canopy with glass windows were worth P250,000 each.


The case clearly shows that Fariñas is quick enough to conduct such probe without checking the details. For one, the Gov. disputes that the suppliers went through the bidding process. Also, according to our research, there is tariff increase from the year 2007 to 2012 for imported motor vehicles. This is on top of the actual general increase for the vehicle itself. Fariñas’ purchase happened in 2008 while Marcos’ bought those for the needs of the farmers in 2012.

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Bongbong Marcos Explains the Essence of Managing Resources


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos can only say to Leni Robredo; good luck to both. One can never undermine the act of kindness even during bad times. This is what makes the world go round. Everyone must be both the giver and the receiver to balance a rich economy. See how Marcos manages his resources in different situations.

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[VIDEO]: UB: Panayam kay Bongbong Marcos, dating Senador

Recount in Pilot Areas

The recount on the 3 pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental is necessary to determine if a further recount is needed. This is vital because failure to show discrepancy as per his electoral protest against Leni Robredo can cause the dismissal of the case. He is confident that the slim margin can easily be surpassed once it’s done. It may not affect other candidates because there are indications that the omitted votes were directed to him.

Resources Management on Pool of Money

It is a normal thing in the society of the rich that they pool in money for a cause. Marcos’ protest is considered by his friends as such. Naturally, whatever your status may be, you are likely to have the same kind of friends. Since he is generous and a dedicated public servant, it is not surprising that he also has a like-minded group of supporters.

Ilocos 6 Brotherly Advice

Marcos said his advice to sister Imee is brotherly. He is not a lawyer that can be guilty of persuading his client to avoid the hearing ordered on July 25. Besides, she can really be in danger if nothing can convince the House Committee that she has done the right thing for the welfare of her constituents.

Foreign Insurgents

He also shared some intelligence report that some insurgents found in Marawi are foreigners. This is an indication that the siege there is internationally perpetrated. Since world wide terrorism is a highlight now with ISIS’ initiatives, Marcos discloses that the President concentrates on this matter for the time being. The country’s economy might be affected by the ongoing Mindanao Martial law – but it is better to look at it from a bigger perspective. Filipinos would not want the country to be another hub of ISIS. Just keep on buying and selling and the resources will balance out.

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Bongbong Marcos Criticizes Cruel Treatment of Sister, Congress Hostage Taking


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos criticizes the House’s cruel treatment to sister, Imee Marcos and the detention of Ilocos 6 that the governor calls as the Congress hostage taking. Gov. Marcos is dismayed that instead of taking care of her constituents, she has to negotiate for the release of her government officials.

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[VIDEO]: Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos NAGSALITA NA SA KANYANG press conference

The North Remembers

The governor is sad of the fact that, her staff who are also family members like mothers, fathers, and grandmothers are suffering in a restricted room instead of going home to their loved ones. Her lawyer is at a retirement age already but she just gives in to her plea to continue working but ended up in detention as well. She vows that the North remembers.

Retreat from First District

Gov. Marcos discloses that her rift with Fariñas just started when his daughter plans to run as the Representative for the province’s District 1. To avoid the conflict, she transferred her residency to District 2  despite living in Laoag. This is based on her mother’s advice not to stir the politicking issues.

Brother’s Lamentations

Bongbong Marcos said that the move seemed to be “part of some kind of personal campaign” or “political campaign.” The inquiry was initiated by House Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte 1st District Rep. Rudy Farinas. He was a former previous political ally of the Marcoses.

Supreme Court Intervention

As Gov, Marcos seeks the Supreme Court intervention on the release of the Ilocos 6 and for the prevention of her own possible detention, Bongbong Marcos has this to say; “The Ilocos 6 were members of his staff during his time as governor. Now they’re languishing in this little room in the House of Representatives for no good reason as far as I can see, except that perhaps the members of the Committee did not like their answers,” he said. Where is justice as far as the Congress is concerned?

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Law Dean Calls on Congress Not to Abuse Power on Imee Marcos


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Jose Vicente Opinion, dean of Eastern Samar State University College of Law and former IBP governor supports the CA. Opinion urges the Congress to recall their show cause order against the three justices who orders to release the six provincial officials who are detained for over a month after. They are cited in contempt by lawmakers in the probe on the capitol’s alleged misuse of the tobacco excise tax.

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[VIDEO]: Naniniwala si Bongbong Marcos na hindi lang politika ang ugat ng pagdadawit sa kanyang kapatid sa umano’y anumalya sa excise tax.

Prevent Constitutional Crises

Opinion warns that constitutional crisis can arise according to the action of the Congress. “There is a separation of power among the three branches of government. If the House of Representatives continues to disregard the lawful orders of the Court of Appeals, there will really be a constitutional impasse,” he clarified.

Supreme Court Backs CA

Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno and CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr. also made a similar statement. They call on the House leaders to retract the show cause order. Instead, consider legal remedies under the Rules of Court to question the CA orders. This can include possible intervention by the Supreme Court.

Not Listening to Law Experts

The IBP and Philippine Bar Association also rallied behind the CA. Opinion is also in one with the Philippine Constitution Association for the Supreme Court to intervene in the conflict between the CA and the House Committee. It is evident that the Congress is quiet right now and no actions are evident yet.

Gov. Marcos Need Not to Attend Hearing

Ilocos Norte players told Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos not to attend the hearing on July 25. This is the same advice given by her brother, Bongbong Marcos. Marcos supporters are aghast when the Congress publicizes the detention room prepared for Marcos. “What is the purpose of going there to attend if in the end, they will not believe what she will say and their real intention is to detain Governor Imee?” Philip Terry of BBM-POGI asks.

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Imee Marcos to Congress: Arrest Me but Free Ilocos 6


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Governor Imee Marcos begged the Congress once more; “I appeal, for humanitarian reasons, to the House leadership to set free the Ilocos Six. They have suffered more than enough,” Marcos said. “Please allow them to go home. You have families too, and you know the pain of being separated from them,” she added.

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[VIDEO]: Inihahanda na ang magiging kulungan ni Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos sa Kamara.

Call to Congress

Marcos called on the Philippine House of Representatives again to release six provincial government officials. Her lawyer, former Solicitor General Estelito Mendoza said that in her statement to the House, she urged its leadership to comply with the Court of Appeal’s (CA) order to immediately free the said officials.

Emotional and Psychological Anguish

The officials are held in the House from May 29 for their alleged “dismissive” answers during an investigation into the local government’s alleged purchase of P66.45 million-worth vehicles. Marcos stresses that the officials’ long detention causes “immeasurable emotional and psychological anguish to them and their families.” The Congress has hardened its heart ever since.

Torture for False Testimony

The governor said that they have already testified to the best of their knowledge. “Forcing them, through prolonged detention, to give false testimony just to satisfy the Committee is tantamount to compelling them to commit perjury. Please, set them free.” The six officials are still detained at the Batasan Pambansa complex. The House is now turned into a detention cell which is a clear sign of power abuse.

Quiet Reaction

Representatives Rodolfo Fariñas and Johnny Pimentel who was very loud on their accusations against Marcos are now very quiet despite the public outrage. They have given a verdict on the issue even before filing a case in a legitimate court. This is why the people are certain that the only intention is to politicize Bongbong Marcos’ family to discredit him for the ongoing electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo. Another possibility is for the senatorial race in 2019.

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Farmers Call the President on Imee Marcos, Ilocos Six Congress Abuses


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Philconsa and groups of farmers asked the Supreme Court to intervene on the CA’s letter to seek an advisory opinion on the unlikely reaction of the Congress with regards to the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus they issued to immediately free the detained Ilocos Norte officials. They also call on the President not to allow the House of such abuses.

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[VIDEO]: House calls on Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos: Please cooperate

Farmers vs Congress

The Philippine Constitution Association or Philconsa together with two groups of farmers urge the Supreme Court to intervene in the Court of Appeals – House of Representative’s conflict. This pertains to the case of the six Ilocos Norte officials detained for more than a month now for contempt. The farmers also adopt resolutions to denounce the apparent unfairness and opportunism of the ongoing House inquiry. The Congress blames Gov. Imee Marcos for the alleged misuse of tobacco funds which she denies.

Constitution Mandate

Philconsa cites the mandate of the Supreme Court under the Constitution“. The SC is the final arbiter of constitutional questions or legal controversies. It is their duty to interpret and allocate the jurisdictional boundaries of the rights and obligations of the parties involved. Particularly when a writ of habeas corpus is issued.

Judicial Process

Manuel Lazaro, Philconsa chair in his letter to the High Court asks the latter to issue a decision to resolve the conflict. “This is the judicial process to enable the Supreme Court to resolve the clashing postures, in order to avert a constitutional crisis,” Philconsa said. The group is among the oldest law organizations in the country. It was founded in 1961 and aims to defend, preserve and protect the Constitution.

Call for Presidential Intervention

“In the remote event the House still refuses to honor and execute the Decision of the Supreme Court in the Administrative Matter, the President shall undoubtedly execute or implement the decision of the Supreme Court, as mandated by his oath of office to preserve and defend the Constitution and execute its laws,” Philconsa said. This plea signifies the call of the farmers themselves for the President to take action.

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Why is Fariñas now Quiet in the Imee Marcos, Ilocos 6 Probe?


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.

No Credibility

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.