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Ilocos 6 Drama in Congress: Alvarez Benefits from House’s Plan against Bongbong Marcos


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas surely has a political agenda in initiating the Congress probe on the alleged misuse of tobacco funds. It implicates her clan’s rival for local elections, Governor Imee Marcos. However, a greater scenario comes out from it – the presidential succession. This has something to do with the direct heir or heirs to the Vice President’s post; House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and Senate President Koko Pimentel.


Line of Presidential Succession

The line of presidential succession follows the order of Vice President, President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Congress shall, by law, provide for the manner of selection of the person who is to act as President. This is in the case of death, permanent disability, or inability of these officials. The substitute remains until the President or Vice President shall have qualified and the line of succession will change of who those new national officials.

Congress Summoned the Marcoses

Bongbong Marcos may also be cited for contempt for advising his elder sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, to skip the July 25 hearing. This is in the report for the irregular purchase of motor vehicles by the provincial government. The committee already issued a subpoena to the governor. She has to attend the July 25 hearing but refused to do so.

Constitutional Successor

There is meat on the President’s joke about Ely Pamatong who already claimed the presidential throne over the internet amidst his alleged bad health. He said that the only constitutional successor is Leni Robredo. Everyone knows that his preferred heir is Bongbong Marcos. However, he indirectly implied that it should be Marcos. Take into consideration the ongoing electoral protest against Robredo. Du30 is also too experienced in politics not to know that traitors can exist from his own party or even administration. This happened during the Marcos regime. Thus, prompted the humor. Strange but true.

Double Face

The only link so far that can put doubt on Koko Pimentel’s involvement in the Ilocos 6 fiasco is the relationship between him and Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel, who chairs the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability. The drama is more inclined to the double face behavior of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. He already announced through the media that he won’t budge with the Ilocos 6 case anymore as a respect to the Supreme Court. However, the fact remains that he is the signatory of Gov. Marcos’ subpoena.

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