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Imelda Marcos urges release of Ilocos Six; offers ‘win-win’ solution

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 6 days ago Manalo, Danny
Aides help former First Lady Imelda Marcos as she arrives to watch her son, Vice-Presidential candidate Ferdinand "BongBong" Marcos, son and namesake of late dictator former President Ferdinand Marcos, during a "Miting de Avance" in Mandaluyong © Reuters Aides help former First Lady Imelda Marcos as she arrives to watch her son, Vice-Presidential candidate Ferdinand "BongBong" Marcos, son and namesake of late dictator former President Ferdinand Marcos, during a "Miting de Avance" in Mandaluyong

Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos on Sunday urged House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and the chairman of the House committee on Good Government and Accountability to release the six Ilocos Norte provincial government employees, known as the "Ilocos Six", who were detained at the House Legislative Building for contempt.

“I urge Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to allow the release of the six employees of the provincial government of Ilocos Norte on my own recognizance." said Marcos in a statement. "Since the Ilocos 6 are also my constituents, I am making this appeal to the House leadership to release them for humanitarian reasons.”

She also promised that she would make sure the six employees - Bids and Awards Committee and Provincial and Planning Development Unit chair Pedro Agcaoili, Provincial Treasurer Josephine Calajate, accountant Edna Battulayan, Provincial Budget Officer Evangeline Tabulog, and Treasury Office employees Genedine Jambaro and Encarnacion Gaor - would attend any future hearings at the House committee on Good Government and Accountability.

The committee is investigating the Ilocos Norte government's purchase of P66.45 million worth of motor vehicles through the alleged misuse of the province's tobacco funds.

The Court of Appeals had thrice ordered the release of the Ilocos Six, and each time the House leadership ignored the order.

Marcos thus characterized her offer as a “win-win solution” as it avoided confrontation with the CA.

The congresswoman meanwhile claimed that the Ilocos Six were being held in miserable conditions in detention cells with inadequate ventilation, not given enough food, and not provided with necessary medical attention.

Marcos is a former First Lady and the widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Her eldest daughter, Imee Marcos, is the present governor of Ilocos Norte. — DVM, GMA News

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