A House leader clarified that Bongbong Marcos and his mother Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos are not liable for advising Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos not to attend the July 25 hearing. They are not the ones being investigated, said Rep. Johnny Pimentel, chair of the House Committee. This is actually contrary to his disclosure earlier when he showed to the media her possible detention room.
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The Ilocos Norte governor earlier said her mother and brother advised her to snub the congressional probe on tobacco excise taxes to avoid being detained. This is after the detention of 6 provincial staff members who declined to answer the way they want them to on the queries during the hearing. The Congress then threatens her brother for obstruction of justice but he replied saying that it was a brotherly advice for he is not a lawyer.
“The advice holds no bearing at this point in time,” Pimentel said. The governor should not fear to attend further probes. The lawmakers have no intention to keep her locked in the House premises provided she answers questions, Pimentel added. This was also delivered in a more relaxed tone.
Marcos tried to seek an audience with the President during his second state of the nation address. However, she refrained from doing it thinking that he already got a lot of problems to solve. She does not want him to be burdened with the illegal detention in the House. Therefore, she still follows-up on the case she filed with the Supreme Court. In fact, during the hearing, it issued an order for the Congress to answer on the Writ of Amparo – that questions the suppression of the Ilocos 6′ rights for liberty.
Pimentel is confident that the president will not try to use his political power to rally legislative allies to give due consideration for Marcos. The Ilocos Norte officials who were detained for more than two months are now free without a single case filed against them. Gov. Marcos, however, said that there’s another hearing on August 9 but since the Ilocos 6 is free, it is just going to be inconvenient but not that dramatic.