Fake news! Imee admits lying about P100M demolition fund of ‘yellow forces’against Marcoses
Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos was forced to admit that she only made up her claim that “yellow forces” dangled a P100 million fund to House members dogging her on her alleged misuse of tobacco fundsvworth P66.5 milllion.
“I apologize and withdraw the statement, my mere suspicion and given that the source is uncertain, I withdraw the accusation on the integrity and honor of the House that P100 million circulated,” said Marcos during the House committee probe Tuesday.
“Hindo po totoo yun at ako po ay nagpapaumnahin kung nasakatan po ang ibang miyembro ng Kongreso,” she added.
Marcos made the admission with a straight face just minutes after standing pat on her claim that she received the information from a reliable source whom she refused to reveal.
“Once again I apologize for whichever offensive way it was reflected in the media, however, I have my source and I will make an effort to get to the bottom of that story,” said Marcos who was seated between her mother, Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, and her counsel, former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.
Marcos was forced to make a U-turn on her allegation after she was threatened with contempt by Majority Leader Rudy Farinas who pressed her to reveal the source of her claim.
“Mabigat po yong sinabi ninyo na may P100 million, nagmumukha p kaming bayaran dito,” said Farinas who pointed out that the Supreme Court would not hesitate to punish witnesses who make baseless allegations against the integrity of the magistrates.
Marcos’ allegation was written by Manila Times reporter Romy Marinas a week before her attendance in the hearing.
In the article, Marcos talked to the writer about how she received information from a source that the fund would be distributed if she boycotted a hearing of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability on July 2
“They are also planning to drag my mother in a human-rights case wherein she had been cleared of wrongdoing. Hindi ko na nga matandaan kung kelan natapos yung kaso na ‘yun laban sa nanay ko [I cannot even remember when that case was resolved in my mom’s favor],” said Marcos in the article.
The report said Marcos was referring to the Liberal Party led by former President Aquino.
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