Speaker Alvarez tells Bongbong: IN executives are behind the bars just to cover up Imee's scam

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos failed to amaze Speaker Bebot Alvarez for his moves to politicize what he believed was a major corruption case involving her sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.

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In an interview with DZMM's Ted Failon, the house speaker stressed the House was well within its rights to detain the six Ilocos Norte Provincial Government employees for contempt after they refused to answer questions on the misused RA 7171 fund which was spent to purchase P60 million worth of multi-cabs during the committee hearing held Last May 29.

Alvarez added Imee and the Ilocos Six as what they call the team should honestly answer the allegations of corruption rather than diverting the issue by claiming this was just cooked up by political rival, Majority Leader Ilocos Norte 1st District representative, Rudy Farinas.

Earlier, the losing vice presidential bet said that the House should head Court of Appeal's decision to release the Ilocos Six from detention.

BBM criticized the judgment of the house as cruel and unusual.

On the other hand, Alvarez said the CA should follow the Supreme Court ruling reaffirming Congress' right to detain any individual for contempt.

Bidding didn't happen for the purchase of multi-cabs that were found to be second-hand and unregistered. Alvarez said each of the cabs were bought for P480,000 or more than three times the market price of similar models for P150,000.

But what further riled the lawmakers was the claim of the Ilocos Six that they forgot who received the checks that were more than P30 million each. Also, the officials could not provide documents being demanded by the committee.

"Sagutin lang nila ng maayos, whether magsinungaling sila o magsabi sila ng totoo, sagutin nila ng maayos, ito naman nakakaloko naman iyan. 30 million mahigit, tinanggap mo, hindi mo maalala?" said Alvarez.

The speaker concluded that if anyone has received that sum of money, he or she will never forget it.

Source: Politics