Ilocos Norte gov backs President Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao

MANILA-- Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos on Monday expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of a 60-day martial law in Mindanao.

Marcos said that Filipinos should trust President Duterte in making decisions in solving matters of national security.

Tulad ng nakararami, nananalig tayo sa ating Presidente pag matters of national security at sa nakikita natin sa mga video footage at kwento ng mga kapatid nating Muslim talagang nanganganib ang kanilang buhay, Marcos told reporters after she attended a hearing at the Court of Appeals (CA) as a show of support to the bid of six provincial officials in their capitol who ask to be released from detention at the House of Representatives.

Prior to the hearing on the habeas corpus petition filed by the employees, Marcos lamented that the continued detention of their employees violates the law.

Well, nandito kami para tulungan sana, ang pinakamahalaga ngayon, ay maipalabas ang aking mga empleyado sapagkat alam naman natin na ang problema ay politikang lokal, eh ang politika ay hindi dapat dinadala, hindi ginagamit ang Kongreso. Higit sa lahat, huwag naman gamitin ang mga maliliit na empleyado, mga lola na nagkakasakit na sa loob ng detensyon, she told reporters

The fourth division of the appellate court issued a writ of habeas corpus in hearing last Friday requiring House sergeant-at-arms Roland Detabali to present before the court the six petitioners who have been detained since May 29 after being cited in contempt by the House committee on good government and public accountability during its probe into the alleged misuse of P66.45 million in tobacco funds to buy motor vehicles.

The CA also issued a show cause order on Detabali on why he should not be cited for contempt for failure to comply with the court order.

During the hearing, Detabali again failed to appear before the CA and present the six officials - Pedro Agcaoili, Provincial Planning and Development Office chairperson; Josephine Calajate, provincial treasurer; Eden Battulayan, Provincial Treasurer's Office staff; Encarnacion Gaor, Provincial Treasurer's Office staff; Genedine Jambaro, Provincial Treasurer's Office staff; and Evangeline Tabulog, provincial budget officer.

Lawyers of the six provincial officials led by Estelito Mendoza questioned before the CA the detention, which they said was baseless because the petitioners answered questions of lawmakers during the hearing.

During the hearing, Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative and Majority Leader Rodolfo FariAas presented documents bearing the signatures of the said officials that were used to buy mini-cabs, secondhand buses, and Foton trucks.

The six Ilocos Norte officials all claimed that they cannot remember the purchases anymore given the many transactions they have processed and also refused to comment on the documents and asked the committee to show them the original copies.

Source: Philippines News Agency