Ilocos Norte Governor, Imee Marcos appeals in person at the Court of Appeals asking it to free the public officials detained in Congress. She also expresses her approval of the President’s declaration of martial law at least in the first 60 days for Marawi. She based her approval to the footages seen and testimonies by Muslim survivors from the conflict area that coincide with military reports.
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[VIDEO]: Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos on Monday said she supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of a 60-day martial law in Mindanao.
Misuse of Congress
Governor Marcos also lamented that the continued detention of the Ilocos Sur Capitol workers violates the law. It is insinuated that politics can possibly be behind the move. During the House hearing, Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative and Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas presented documents that showed the signatures of the six officials who allegedly authorized the purchase of mini-cabs, secondhand buses, and Foton trucks. The original copies of these papers can’t be located.
Politicking can be the main goal of Fariñas in giving Marcos a hard time. He actually challenges Marcos to appear in Congress hearings but she never showed up. She can’t be forced also because there is some truth in her reasoning that it’s not the right venue for the case. Therefore, to press Marcos further, he resorted to detaining her staff instead. He is probably out to get her to discourage voters for her possible 3rd term as governor in their province. The Fariñas family also aims for the same spot.
The staff’s lawyers, led by Estelito Mendoza, questioned the detention on the argument that it was baseless. The petitioners answered each question during the hearing. Fariñas is not just satisfied with the answers. The CA sets another hearing on the issue.
The President’s Allies
The president is really fond of the Marcoses. Bongbong Marcos is his anointed to succeed him in the presidency. He often jokes at the Governor calling her his girlfriend and financier. Naturally, this line can never escape the Liberal Party’s criticisms. They even used these jokes to battle the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ burial at the Heroes’ Cemetery. They call it the President’s payback to the Marcoses for funding his election campaign. Of course, the more than 16 million supporters of President Du30 can’t let them get away with that.