The Court of Appeals has issued a show cause order compelling leaders of the House of Representatives and its sergeant-at-arms to clarify why they shouldn’t be held in contempt over their failure to current the six staff of the Ilocos Norte provincial authorities it detained following a legislative inquiry.
The CA’s Fourth Division issued the show cause order addressed to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and House Sergeant-At-Arms retired Lt. Gen. Roland M. Detabali after they defied the order to current the next on the listening to on June 5: Pedro Agcaoili, provincial planning and improvement workplace chairman; Josephine Calajate, provincial treasurer; Evangeline Tabulog, provincial finances officer; and provincial treasurer’s workplace staff Eden Battulayan, Encarnacion Gaor and Genedine Jambaro.
The CA subsequently granted the six native officers’ plea requiring the House and its sergeant at arms to launch them from detention.
The provincial officers have been detained on the House since May 29 after being cited in contempt by the House committee on good authorities and public accountability, which is wanting into the alleged misuse of P66.45 million in tobacco excise funds by the Ilocos Norte authorities.
Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas has requested the House panel to look into the allegation that Ilocos Norte Governor Marcos diverted over P66 million in tobacco funds to purchase motor automobiles.
Former Solicitor General Estelito Mendoza, the provincial staff’ lawyer, slammed the House listening to final month as “coercive” and “amounting to torture.”
“This torture has been continuing by their indefinite detention in degrading and inhuman conditions and direct assaults on their ‘dignity as human persons’ and blatant violations of their human rights,” he mentioned.