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Does Fariñas’ Ombudsman Dream Have Something to do with Missing 85 M in Laoag?


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Last year, a scandal broke out in Laoag, the Fariñas clan’s territory. This is about the missing P85 million from the city treasury. The provincial board urged the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate and determine the city officials responsible for the loss. Now, Rep. Rudy Fariñas wants to be Ombudsman.

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[VIDEO]: Nagbanta si House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas na idedemanda ang ilang opisyal ng Ilocos Norte matapos siyang ideklarang persona non grata sa sariling probinsya.

Start of Conflict

Michael Keon, a nephew of Ferdinand Marcos, ran and defeated Fariñas for governor in the 2007 election. Keon, of course, was backed by the Marcoses. Three years later, in the 2010 elections, Fariñas and Imee Marcos resumed their alliance. Gov. Marcos now regrets this after the latter’s cruelty to the Ilocos 6.

No Control

Imee Marcos actually asked but failed to convince her cousin, Keon, to withdraw his reelection bid. This is the reason why she ran and won against him. She also asked Fariñas to run for representative in the first district under her ticket, and he still holds the position until now. His behavior just shows that he’s a notorious traitor of all times. No wonder why his own hometown does not want to see his existence in Ilocos Norte.

Territorial Dispute

In May 2015, Gov. Marcos officially became a resident of Barangay 47 Bengcag in Laoag. Fariñas detests so, to avoid conflict, she moved to District 2. However, in September 2015, the sons of Bongbong Marcos; Ferdinand “Sandro” Alexander III, 23, Joseph Simon, 22, and Vincent, 20 also registered as voters of Laoag. They have a house in Barangay Suba there. Their existence is a real threat to younger Fariñas family members.

Board Membership Competition

Imee’s youngest son, Matthew Joseph Manotoc, 27, topped the race for members of the Ilocos Norte provincial board in 2016. Fariñas’ daughter, Ria Christina, ranked only second. The board reports incidents of the feud between Ria and some board members. Board Member Vicentito Lazo disputes these; “We are not doing anything to Ria,” he said. The board members did not support Fariñas’ daughter when she ran for president of the Provincial Board Members’ League of the Philippines last Feb. 28. They simply don’t like her.

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