House rejects Imelda Marcos
appeal to free Ilocos Norte execs

June 20 2017 6:32 PM

Composite photo:  Sen. Bongbong Marcos and former First Lady Imelda Marcos (Sources: PRIB Senado and PJ Regis)
Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and former First Lady Imelda Marcos (Sources: PRIB Senado and PJ Regis)

The House of Representatives will continue to detain the six government from Ilocos Norte despite an appeal from Rep. Imelda Marcos.

The committee on good government and public accountability of the House of Representatives refused to budge and said it would continue to detain the six Ilocos Norte government employees despite an appeal from Representative Imelda Marcos.

Marcos read a letter on Tuesday’s hearing by the committee on good government and public accountability imploring it to release the six employees, but the request was rejected.

Marcos’ daughter, Imee, is the governor of the province.

The six employees have been detained at the Batasan complex since May 29 after being cited in contempt by the committee during its investigation on the alleged purchase of motor vehicles using P66.45 million in tobacco funds.

These were bought under the term of incumbent Governor Imee Marcos, a former ally-turned-nemesis political of Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas.

The Ilocos Norte employees are Genedine D. Jambaro, Encarnacion A. Gaor, Josephine P. Calajate, Eden C. Battulayan, Evangeline C. Tabuluog, and Pedro S. Agcaoili Jr.

Presented in the hearing, the six employees continued to keep mum and said they could not testify on the cash advances and payments made unless they saw the original documents.  They also said they needed their lawyer.

Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas warned the six employees that they would continue to be detained unless they told the truth.

“You are special detainees because you hold the key to yourselves. You are being held in contempt for refusing to answer simple questions.  We’re giving you all the opportunities to purge yourself of the contempt,” Fariñas said.

During the hearing, Fariñas presented several transactions involving huge cash advances that were also questioned by the Commission on Audit, such as the purchase of a bust sculpture for the Paoay Museum for P2.9 million; purchase of fertilizer for P10.4 million, among others.