Detention room prepared: House vows to arrest Imee Marcos if she snubs tobacco fund probe

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  • House panel chair vowed to carry out arrest warrant vs Ilocos Norte guv if she defies summons
  • He said they have already prepared a detention chamber for Marcos for that matter
  • He also said she should just appear since she has already tried to explain herself in media interviews

MANILA, Philippines  –  The House of Representatives has vowed to carry out its warrant of arrest against Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos after the latter indicated her intent to snub its hearing on her provincial government’s alleged misuse of tobacco funds.

Surigao Rep. Johnny Pimentel, chair of the House committee on good government and public accountability, said they have, as a matter of fact, already prepared the detention chamber for Marcos should she fail to attend the July 25 hearing.

“If she does not show up, her arrest and detention is as sure as the sun rising tomorrow,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying. “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.”

“She’ll be okay in detention, though she might miss certain luxuries, considering the high life she’s accustomed to,” he added.

Pimentel also lamented Marcos’ stubbornness; saying she should just appear at the probe since she has already been trying to give her side via the media.

“The governor has already tried to explain in media interviews where the money went, how it was spent, and so on. Why can’t she just dutifully show up at our hearing, hand in the documents that her staff couldn’t produce, recount her remarks under oath, and submit herself to a proper cross-examination by the committee?” he said.

The House has currently detained six Ilocos Norte officials for giving “evasive answers” in its inquiry on the alleged anomalous purchase of P66 million worth of vehicles by the provincial government using tobacco funds.