Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos will attend the July 25 House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability probe into the native authorities’s buy of motor automobiles amounting to P66.45 million, which was sourced from its share of tobacco excise taxes.
“I have expressed my willingness to cooperate with the Committee on Good Government on the faith that the committee would conduct its current inquiry in accordance with the letter and spirit of Sec. 21, Art. VI of the Constitution – that the inquiry is in aid of legislation and that the rights of persons appearing therein are protected,” she mentioned, in a press release launched by way of her lawyer, former Solicitor General Estelito Mendoza.
Marcos, nevertheless, lamented the continued detention of six provincial authorities staff who had been cited in contempt for allegedly refusing to reply related questions of lawmakers conducting the inquiry.
Marcos, mentioned she has despatched two letters to the Committee the place she requested to be clarified over the invitation of the House for her to attend the probe as a useful resource individual.
“Even as those letters did not merit any response from the Committee, my commitment to cooperate on constitutional grounds has not changed,” she mentioned.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez earlier signed a subpoena towards Marcos to compel her to attend the July 25 resumption of the congressional probe.
Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel, chair of the House committee, mentioned Marcos’ failure to attend the probe on the scheduled committee listening to this month shall be sufficient floor for her to be cited in contempt.
Marcos insisted that Constitutional rights of individuals invited to attend House inquiries should nonetheless be revered.
She mentioned the judiciary, and never Congress, was the rightful physique to prosecute as she lamented the destiny of the provincial staff, collectively often known as Ilocos Six, who’ve been illegally detained for greater than a month now.
“As a former legislator, I also know that the power of legislative inquiry does not give Congress the power to deprive any citizen of constitutionally vested rights such as the rights to freedom of movement and to be presumed innocent until you are proven guilty. Neither does it vest Congress the power to act as a prosecutorial or judicial body that determines the innocence or guilt of anyone for any charge of misconduct. The judicial system, not Congress, is constitutionally empowered to do so,” she mentioned.