Friday, August 18, 2017

Diversionary tactic? Johnny to resign if Imee’s bribe allegation is true

Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel said Tuesday (July 18) that he would resign as chairman of his House panel in the event that Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos substantiates her claim that the lawmakers are in the pocket of the Liberal Party (LP).

According to Marcos, the House members were paid P100 million by the “yellow party” to guarantee her detention in the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability’s investigation on the Capitol’s questionable purchase of some 115 vehicles worth P66.45-million.

“That is a blatant lie…If she can prove her allegations, I will resign as chairman of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability,” Pimentel said.

“The LP is not involved in this inquiry. Gov. Imee is diverting the attention of the public with these fantastic and unbelievable lies. If she is indeed innocent, then why is she refusing to show up in the inquiry,” he added.

The P66.45 million used for the Ilocos Norte’s vehicle purchases in 2011 to 2012 were allegedly sourced from the province’s share in tobacco excise tax collections. That, along with reports that the money was disbursed via cash advances have raised the eyebrows of the legislators.

Pimentel’s panel has issued a subpoena against Marcos for her to attend their next scheduled hearing on July 25. The perception is that the Committee will order her arrest if she snubs the proceedings next week.

Marcos has already ignored two previous invites from the Committee.

“She should not divert the issue,” Pimentel said of the lady politiko.

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