Alvarez asks: Is it moral for Imee Marcos to use P66M cash advances to buy overpriced, used vehicles without any bidding?
Speaker Bebot Alvarez thinks the people themselves should judge whether it was proper for Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos to get cash advances to buy P66 million worth of overpriced and second hand multicabs, buses and mini-trucks without any bidding.
“Itanong nga natin sa sambayanan, tama ba na ang isang gobernador, mag-cash advance ng milyon-milyon tapos bibili ng multi-cab na segunda mano, walang bidding? “ asked Alvarez in an interview with DZMM’s Ted Failon.
“Tapos hindi lang yun, wala pang rehistro hanggang ngayon, kasi kinonfirm po iyan ng LTO (land Transportation Office) , walang mga multi-cab na nakarehistro doon sa Ilocos,” said Alvarez.
Alvarez posed the question after Imee and her brother, losing vice presidential bet Bongbong Marcos, tried to vilify Congress leaders for defying the Court of Appeals order to release six Ilocos Norte local government officials.
Imee’s allies – provincial planner Pedro Agacaoili, provincial treasurer Josephine Calajate, provincial accountant Edna Battulayan, provincial budget officer Evangeline Tabulog, and Capitol staff members Genedine Jambaro and Encarnacion Gaor – have been detained at the Batasan complex since the May 29 hearing when they refused to answer and provide documents during its probe of the anomalous purchase of the vehicles.
Alvarez said that the CA has not business interfering with the right of Congress to punish individuals who defy its rules.
In this case, Alvarez said the Ilocos Norte officials refused to give documents and details of the alleged anomalous purchase, including the recipient of the multiple checks for the cash advances used in the purchase of the vehicles.
Imee bought the vehicles using tobacco tax funds that were supposed to be used for projects that would improve tobacco farmers’ self-reliance through cooperatives and livelihood, agro-industrial, and infrastructure projects.
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