Ilocos Norte Board declares Fariñas as persona non grata

Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo 'Rudy' Fariñas, the majority Leader of the House was declared persona non grata in his own province on June 27.

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Eight members of the Provincial Board voted in favor of Resolution Number 2017-06081, which was sponsored by Provincial Board member Vicentito Lazo and Vice Governor Angelo Marcos barba.

Ilocos Norte officials approved the resolution amid Fariñas political rift with IN Provincial Governor Imee Marcos.

The provincial government is currently on investigation by the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability for the alleged misuse of tobacco excise funds or RA 7171 amounting to P66.45 million which was used to purchase motor vehicles.

Fariñas initiated the probe along with Pampanga 3rd District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr and Pampanga 4th District Representative Juan Pablo Bondoc.

On the other hand, one of the board members, Hon. Da Vinci Crisostomo said that while the representative is classified as 'unwelcome person', he will still be allowed to enter the province.

"Well, this is in the form of a resolution, and under the parliamentary rules, it is a manifestation or expression of our feelings towards the person. So, what the Provincial Board, whose members were directly elected by the people of the province of Ilocos Norte and representing our constituents, wants to express are the sentiments of the whole province," said Crisostomo.

Meanwhile, Fariñas in a separate statement said he plans to sue officials who approved the resolution since he argued that only foreigners shall be declared as personan non grata.

"I will file cases against them for damages for the violation of my constitutional rights, as well as for a violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for causing me undue injury through evident bad faith," Fariñas told reporters.

He emphasized that a persona non grata status "applies only in diplomatic relations, more particularly to aliens."

Source: RapplerInquirer.netABS-CBN News