Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos has urged the House of Representatives to comply with a Court of Appeals (CA) ruling ordering the release of six provincial officials or the “Ilocos 6.”
The Ilocos 6, including the provincial treasurer and her staff, have been detained since May 29 at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City for their refusal to shed light on alleged misuse of P66.45 million in tobacco funds to buy vehicles under the watch of Marcos.
In a statement, through her lawyer former Solicitor General Estelito Mendoza, the governor said Congress must follow the rule of law instead of issuing the show-cause order against Associate Justices Stephen Cruz, Edwin Sorongon and Nina Antonio- Valenzuela.
She vowed to cooperate with the House of Representatives, particularly the House Committee on Good
Government and Public Accountability on its probe of the alleged misuse of the tobacco funds.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez earlier signed a subpoena against Marcos to compel her to attend the July 25 resumption of hearings on the issue.
Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel, committee chairman, had threatened to cite Marcos for contempt if she fails to attend.
“Given the recent media statements of the leaders of the committee, I cannot expect to be treated fairly or any better than the Ilocos Six. In this light, I strongly reserve my right, together with the Ilocos Six, to resort to available legal remedies in defense of our constitutional rights. I have faith that ours is still a government of laws,” the governor said.