Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Si SolGen na bahala! House to ignore CA order, won’t release Imee Marcos’ employees

The House of Representatives will not release the six employees of the Ilocos Norte provincial government despite the Court of Appeals’ issuance of a show cause order.

In a statement Tuesday (June 13), House sergeant-at-arms Roland Detabali said the Office of Solicitor General has already filed a motion for reconsideration ad cautelam in the case involving subordinates of Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos.

Detabali said the House is of the position that the Court of Appeals has no jurisdiction on the contempt order issued by the chamber against the local officials.

“Hence, if anyone attempts to serve the Order of Release, please continue to ignore or disregard it,” he said.

The Court of Appeals’ issued a show cause order asking Detabali and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to explain why they should not be held in contempt over their failure to present the six employees of the Ilocos Norte provincial government it detained following a legislative inquiry.

The following were detained on 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: 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.

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