LAOAG CITY – Supporters of Governor Imee R. Marcos have urged her not to attend the July 25 hearing at the House of Representatives’ Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability on the alleged anomalous purchase of vehicles by the Ilocos Norte provincial government.
In a statement, Roberto Dela Cerna, head of the Katipunan ng Pilipinong Makabayan (KPM) and Kabataan Sandigan at Gabay ng Pilipino Incorporated (KASAGPI), said that the issue was “just politics”.
“Halatang pamumulitika ang ibig nito. Kung kumpleto ang ebidensiya, bakit ‘di sa Ombudsman at Sandiganbayan at Kataas-taasang Hukuman magsampa ng kaso?,” Dela Cerna said.
“What is the purpose of going there to attend kung in the end, hindi sila maniniwala at iba ang intensyon ng Kamara and that would lead Governor Imee to be detained? Mahirap na,” Philip Terry of Bayanihan Bayan Movers–Pangasinan Organization of Genuine Inhabitants (BBM-POGI) pointed out.
“Sana si Governor, ‘wag na siyang um-attend kasi para sa akin, pag-iipit na lang ito na ginagawa ng Kongreso sa kanya… What if kagaya ng ginagawa nila sa ‘Ilocos Six,’ kapag hindi nasabi kung ano yung gusto nilang marinig eh agad-agad nilang ide-detain. Obvious naman na pinupulitika lang tayo,” Harrold Toledana of the Buong Bansa Magkaisa (BBM) Youth Movement said.
He shared KPM and KASAGPI’s sentiment that it is more appropriate to bring the case to the judiciary because “wala iyon halong pulitika, masasabi nating very neutral kaya pabor kami kung Korte ang hahawak, mas okay siguro. Siyempre may husgado, may mga ebidensiya talaga. Hindi kagaya sa Kongreso, sinasabi nilang ebidensiya, puro photocopy lang naman.”
The House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability has issued a subpoena on Marcos directing her to attend the July 25 hearing on the alledged use of tobacco excise tax shares by the Ilocos Norte provincial government to purchase P66.45 million worth of motor vehicles.
The subpoena was signed by Committee chairman Johnny Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
House Majority leader and Ilocos Norte 1st district Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas introduced House Resolution No. 882 directing the committee “to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, in regard to the use by the provincial government of Ilocos Norte of its shares from the excise taxes on locally manufactured Virginia-type cigarettes or the special support fund under Republic Act No. 7171.”
Fariñas, former ally of the Marcoses, was declared persona non grata by the Ilocos Norte Provincial Board as the House of Representatives continued to hold six provincial officers now called “Ilocos Six” for their alledged refusal to cooperate in the house probe.
Gov. Marcos said the purchase of the vehicles complied with all applicable laws and mandated government procurement and bidding procedures, and duly authorized by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
The purchases also underwent proper audit and post-audit examinations by the Commission on Audit, which found no irregularities in the transaction, Marcos said. (Tawid News/With report from PGIN)