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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.

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Not the Senator: Rep. Johnny Pimentel Dreams of Seeing Two Marcoses Behind Bars


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.

Difficult Arrest

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.

Yellow Motivation

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.