Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Rudy says he’s not after Imee in House vehicle probe

House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas clarified that he is not after Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.

Fariñas, who represents the province’s first district, had this to say following Tuesday (May 2) Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability inquiry on the “highly irregular” purchase of motor vehicles worth P66.45 million by the Capitol in 2011 to 2012.

“No (I’m not after Imee Marcos), I’m after the anomalies of the provincial government,” Fariñas told reporters.

In particular, the House leader wants to know how could such huge cash advances take place for the purchase of the vehicles without the knowledge of the Commission on Audit (COA).

It was learned during the panel hearing that cash advances of P18.6 million, P15.3 million and P32.5 million had been granted to Office of the Provincial Treasurer employees for the purchase of dozens of multi-cabs, dump trucks and second-hand buses.

The transactions were done without the benefit of public bidding.

“Kasla gimmatang ti suka,” Fariñas said in Ilocano. It was his sarcastic way of saying that the cash advances were given away like money for vinegar.

Local COA audit team leader Marilyn Llaguno could not say where the purchase documents were, which Fariñas found unbelievable.

Marcos and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members have been invited to appear in the next hearing.

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