Amid arrest threat: House panel subpoenas Imee Marcos to attend hearing

Image from Imee Marcos' Facebook account
  • Ilocos Norte governor issued latest subpoena by House committee to attend probe
  • Arrest order to be issued should she snub hearing
  • Detention room already prepared for Marcos in case of arrest

MANILA, Philippines – The House panel hearing the alleged misuse of tobacco funds by the Ilocos Norte provincial government has issued a subpoena to Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos to attend its third hearing on July 25 under the threat of arrest.

“You are hereby directed to appear before the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability of the House of Representatives to testify under oath relative to the subject matter under inquiry on the Committee Hearing scheduled on July 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m. at the Conference Room 1 and 2 Ramon Mitra Building, House of Representatives, Batasan Pambansa Complex, Constitution Hills, Quezon City,” read the order, copies of which were distributed to media.

Marcos will be given the choice whether to bring legal counsel or not to the hearing. She will also be allowed to submit a written statement under oath two days before the hearing.

Failure to attend the probe will result in the governor being cited in contempt and detained.

“Failure to comply with this order is subject to penalty under the law,” the order read.

Earlier, Surigao Rep. Johnny Pimentel, whose House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability is spearheading the probe, said they have already prepared the detention chamber for Marcos should she make good on her promise not to attend their hearing.

“We had the chamber prepared right after Governor Marcos publicly declared that she will dodge our July 25 hearing, despite our subpoena and show cause order compelling her to explain satisfactorily why she should not be held in contempt for her brazen defiance,” he said. “She’ll be okay in detention, though she might miss certain luxuries, considering the high life she’s accustomed to.”