Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Imee Marcos sees politics behind subordinates’ detention: Wag namang gamitin ang Kongreso!

Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos believes politics is behind the House of Representatives’ detention of six provincial employees after they were cited in contempt during a legislative inquiry.

In an interview at the Court of Appeals Monday (June 5), Marcos said: “Let us not use Congress and most of all our small employees for political agenda.”

The governor appeared at the CA to support the provincial officials’ bid to be freed from detention by filing a petition for the writ of habeas corpus.

Last week, the CA’s Fourth Division issued a writ of habeas corpus requiring House sergeant-at-arms Roland Detabali to present the following: Pedro Agcaoili, provincial planning and development office chairman; Josephine Calajate, provincial treasurer; Evangeline Tabulog, provincial budget officer; and provincial treasurer’s office workers Eden Battulayan, Encarnacion Gaor and Genedine Jambaro.

The provincial officers have been detained at the House since May 29 after being cited in contempt by the House committee on good government and public accountability, which is looking into the alleged misuse of P66.45 million in tobacco excise funds by the Ilocos Norte government.

Detabali, however, was a no-show at the CA’s most recent hearing. He also failed to present the provincial officials.

Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, who also hails from Ilocos Norte, asked the House panel to look into the allegation that Marcos diverted over P66 million in tobacco funds to buy motor vehicles.

Republic Act 7171 states that 15 percent of the cigarette excise tax should be allotted for tobacco farmers in the form of a special fund.

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