The House of Representatives leadership was asked not to “hide” from President Rodrigo Duterte the “Ilocos 6”–a group of six employees of the Ilocos Norte provincial government–when he delivers his second State of the Nation Address on Monday.
The case of the Ilocos 6, pending before the Court of Appeals (CA), has already reached the Supreme Court (SC) and is awaiting action after Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos elevated the case to the country’s highest tribunal.
Marcos on Wednesday pleaded to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas to have the heart in giving mercy and compassion to the detained provincial workers.
She fears that the Ilocos 6 would be placed in what she called bartolina (isolation cells) so that Alvarez and Farinas would not be “reprimanded” if the President found out their deplorable situation.
Marcos said the “House leadership is frantically looking for a place where they could temporarily shutter” the six employees.
“Are they [Alvarez and Farinas] going to put them in bartolina so that they would not be embarrassed in front of the President?” the governor added in a statement.
Also, Marcos said there is a strong possibility that the Ilocos 6 would be moved out of the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City where they are currently detained.
Last week, she led the group in filing a petition asking the High Court to take jurisdiction over the case, stop a probe being conducted by lawmakers and issue a writ of amparo to stop a subpoena against Marcos to force her to testify in Congress.