The House of Representatives have released a statement saying that Governor Imee Marcos may be arrested if she continues to ignore the subpoena served to her. The House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability are investigating a P66.45 million tobacco excise tax fund which was allegedly used to buy vehicles between 2011-2012.
According to Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel, chairman of the committee, the former presidential daughter is in danger of having the same fate as Ronnie Dayan, who also snubbed his own subpoena countless times. They will be forced to use the full extent of the congressional committee’s rules unless she attends a regular hearing before July 25.
“We do not want to embarrass the Governor. However, if she forces our hand, of course we are ready to do a Ronnie Dayan on her, in accordance with House rules,” said Pimentel. According to him, Governor Marcos has also been sent a show cause order so that she may argue her case as to why she should not be held in contempt for failing to appear before the panel.
In other news, the ‘Ilocos 6’ or the 6 Ilocos Norte officials detained for ignoring their own subpoenas continue to be held under custody. Pimentel stressed that they will be given another chance to tell the truth about the excise fund on June 20: “We will set them free right away, once they decide to tell the truth about the anomaly. We are really hoping they will change their minds by Tuesday, both for their sake and for the sake of public interest.”
Among the ‘Ilocos 6’ are Ilocos Norte treasurer Josephine Calajate, accountant Edna Batulayan, budget officer Evangeline Tabulog, bids and awards committee head Pedro Agcaoili, as well as Genedine Jambaro and Encarnacion Gaor of the provincial treasurer’s office.
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