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House summons Imee Marcos, Ilocos Norte officials to another probe

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:48 AM

This isn't the first time that the Ilocos Norte governor and former House member is summoned to a probe by the House committee on good government and public accountability

SUMMONED AGAIN. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos during House probe into the utilization of the tobacco excise tax and determination of the tangible benefits acquired by tobacco farmers of Ilocos Norte on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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House panel considers plunder charges vs Imee Marcos

Oct 09, 2017 - 4:15 PM

'She is the most responsible person in all these transactions,' says the chairman of a committee investigating alleged anomalies in the use of the province's tobacco funds

PLUNDER RAPS? Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos during the resumption of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability inquiry into the Ilocos Government's P66.45-M purchase of motor vehicles on October 9, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Heritage expert thought Paoay museum was Marcos family project

Oct 09, 2017 - 3:04 PM

Eric Zerrudo says he was paid in cash, making him think it was indeed a family-funded project

TOBACCO MISUSE. Lawmakers, led by Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas Jr, probe alleged misuse of tobacco funds in his home province. Rappler photo

Mark Chua, Imee boyfriend, still a no-show in House hearing

Sep 25, 2017 - 4:57 PM

The Ilocos Norte governor, long-time girlfriend of the businessman, says they haven’t spoken recently

HOUSE AGAIN. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos attends the September 25, 2017 House hearing into the alleged irregular purchase of motor vehicles worth P66.45 million. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on the alleged misuse of Ilocos Norte tobacco funds

Sep 25, 2017 - 1:36 PM

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Imee Marcos, Ilocos Norte officials apologize to Fariñas over resolutions

Aug 31, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The rival politicians from Ilocos Norte eventually patch things up as Marcos tells Fariñas that they are very very sorry for declaring him persona non grata

Majority leader Cong. Rodolfo Farinas during House hearing at the House committee on good government and public accountability on the alleged misuse of the P66.45 million in tobacco funds to purchase motor vehicles in Congress on Thursday. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bongbong Marcos on House probe: It's political, personal conflict

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:36 AM

The former senator and Ilocos Norte governor attends the hearing to support his sister the incumbent governor of the province

AT THE HOUSE. Former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr (right) with mother, Imelda and sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos before the start of the House committee probe on the alleged tobacco fund misuse, August 9, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Imee Marcos jokes: Easy to drag 'jobless' Enrile around

Jul 25, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos says Juan Ponce Enrile and her brother Bongbong Marcos both former senators are similar

ALLIES. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos talks to ex-Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile during the House probe on July 25. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

SC orders Fariñas, 2 others to answer Ilocos 6 petition

Jul 25, 2017 - 6:10 PM

The detained Ilocos Norte officials are released almost simultaneously with the announcement of the High Court s directive

House frees 6 detained Ilocos Norte officials

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas grills one of the officials over her ownership of a property but eventually moves that she be released along with the others

NOW FREE. (L-R) Evangeline Tabulog, Josephine Calajate, Encarnacion Gaor, Genedine Jambaro, Eden Battulayan, and Pedro Agcaoili during a House hearing on June 20. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Imee Marcos apologizes to House, Aquino over P100-M bribe claim

Jul 25, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos admits she made the allegation against the Liberal Party and its chairman emeritus former president Benigno Aquino III out of mere suspicion

'SORRY.' Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos flanked by her mother Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos and legal counsel Juan Ponce Enrile. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Imee Marcos grilled over ‘gross negligence’ in tobacco fund use

Jul 25, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos maintains the transactions were aboveboard and benefitted local tobacco farmers

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos attends the House probe in the misused tobacco fund along with Imelda Marcos and former senator Juan Ponce Enrile at Congress on July 25, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

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Imee Marcos shows up at House probe

Jul 25, 2017 - 9:56 AM

UPDATED Former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile will serve as the Ilocos Norte governor s lawyer at the congressional inquiry into her alleged tobacco fund misuse

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos attends the House probe in the misused tobacco fund along with Imelda Marcos and former senator Juan Ponce Enrile at Congress on July 25, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

On eve of House tobacco probe, Imee Marcos appears in Congress

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Asked if she will be attending the tobacco funds probe the next day Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos says I have no idea Pine pray over ko pa

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Jul 18, 2017 - 7:40 PM

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3 SC justices inhibit from Ilocos Norte detention case

Jul 18, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr have urged the House to observe separation of powers between the judiciary and legislature

INHIBITED. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (center) and Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta (left) and Andres Reyes Jr (right) inhibit from the Ilocos Norte detention case

Imee Marcos ‘prostituting the Constitution' in tobacco funds probe – Umali

Jul 17, 2017 - 6:42 PM

Representative Reynaldo Umali says the Ilocos Norte governor engages in forum shopping by urging the SC to take over the case of detained provincial executives

HOUSE DEFENDER. Justice committee chairperson and Representative Reynaldo Umali calls for a press conference on July 17. Photo by Mara Cepeda

Fariñas joined distribution of mini-cabs probed by House – Imee Marcos

Jul 14, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Kayo na lang po ang humusga says the Ilocos Norte governor of photos of Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas with her when she distributed the vehicles in 2012

ALLIES TURNED RIVALS. In this photo taken on May 11, 2012, Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas joins Governor Imee Marcos in distributing red mini-cabs to barangay captains. All photos from Marcos' Facebook page

Imee Marcos demands end to House 'inquisition'

Jul 13, 2017 - 1:55 PM

UPDATED Pulitikang lokal ang pinagmulan nito Bakit hindi ibalik sa Ilocos Norte ang laban na yan? says Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos as she slams the House probe led by Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

FIGHTING THE HOUSE. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos shows an omnibus petition she filed for the Supreme Court to assume jurisdiction over the detention case of 6 provincial officials in the House. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

House defers show cause order vs 3 CA justices in Ilocos detention case

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:53 PM

This comes after House Sergeant at Arms Roland Detabali filed a motion for the 3 justices of the CA Special 4th Division to inhibit from the case

ON HOLD. Representative Johnny Pimentel and House Sergeant-atArms Roland Detabali briefs media on the possible detention rooms of Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos and the 3 CA justices on July 3, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Arresting Imee Marcos would be harder than Ronnie Dayan – lawmaker

Jul 02, 2017 - 7:55 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos would face arrest if she does not attend the July 25 House hearing

Marcos loyalists with Ilocos Governor Imee Marcosgather in Manila on November 7, 2016

Red flags in Imee's Ilocos Norte and P66.45M tobacco fund use

Jul 01, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Missing documents improper bidding processes and officials mum on the issue surround the alleged misuse by Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos of millions worth of tobacco funds

WAR IN THE NORTH. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas leads the probe into the alleged misuse of tobacco funds under Governor Imee Marcos.

House summons Imee Marcos to tobacco fund hearing

Jun 28, 2017 - 10:49 PM

If she fails to attend the July 25 hearing then the Ilocos Norte governor will be arrested by the House where her accuser Rodolfo Fariñas is majority leader

APPEARANCE REQUIRED. The House officially issues a subpoena for Governor Imee Marcos to testify during the probe on July 25. File photo by Mara Cepeda

Fariñas declared persona non grata in own province

Jun 27, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Ilocos Norte Provincial Board members approve the resolution against House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas who says he will sue the local officials

PERSONA NON GRATA. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas, a lawyer, argues a persona non grata status cannot be imposed upon a Filipino. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

House prepares detention room for Imee Marcos

Jun 27, 2017 - 3:00 PM

This comes after Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said she would not attend the House probe into the alleged misuse of provincial tobacco funds

PENDING ARREST? If Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos snubs the House hearing on July 25, lawmakers will move to arrest her. File poto by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Ilocos Norte execs want CA to declare House detention a form of 'torture'

Jun 26, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The provincial officials lawyer Estelito Mendoza urges the Court of Appeals to grant their petition for a writ of habeas corpus

DETAINED OFFICIALS. From left to right: Evangeline Tabulog, Josephine Calajate, Encarnacion Gaor, Genedine Jambaro, Eden Battulayan, and Pedro Agcaoili during a House hearing on June 20, when they still refused to properly testify before lawmakers. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

IBP to House: Don't add to problems, recall order vs CA

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:03 PM

The IBP advises the House committee to file a petition for certiorari before the High Court if it doesn t agree with the CA


CA showed ‘ignorance of law’ in Ilocos execs detention case – Alvarez

Jun 22, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez advises Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes to ‘discipline’ their justices

LEGISLATURE VS JUDICIARY? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes the CA has no jurisdiction over Congress' authority to cite people in contempt. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

House panel issues show cause order to 3 CA justices over detention case

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:46 PM

The committee on good government asks appellate court justices to explain their order for the provisional release of the Ilocos Norte officials detained by the House

LEGISLATIVE VS JUDICIARY? The panel chaired by Representative Johnny Pimentel agrees to issue a show cause order against 3 CA justices. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

‘Maawa naman kayo,’ detained Ilocos Norte officials tell House

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:31 PM

The good government committee tells the officials If you’re not willing to answer any questions wala po kaming magagawa kundi ibalik kayo sa detention cell

EMOTIONAL WITNESSES. Ilocos Norte officials Genedine Jambaro and Eden Battulayan tear up in front of lawmakers during the hearing on June 20. Photo by Rappler

House warns Imee Marcos: Attend probe or face arrest

Jun 18, 2017 - 6:55 PM

The Ilocos Norte governor would be cited in contempt if she skips the House hearing set for July 25 says Representative Johnny Pimentel

DAYAN'S FATE? Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos has been warned by the House Committee on Good Governance and Public Accountabilityt hat she will face the same fate as Ronnie Dayan should she skip the probe on the alleged misuse of provincial tobacco funds on July 25. Rappler photo

'Mastermind' muzzling Ilocos Norte execs in House probe, says Fariñas

Jun 16, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Asked whether he was referring to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says Your guess is as good as mine maybe even better

NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH? Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says only by telling the truth before lawmakers will the Ilocos Norte officials be released from detention. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Cruel' for House to still detain Ilocos Norte officials – Bongbong Marcos

Jun 15, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Former senator Bongbong Marcos says he feels sorry for the situation of the officials claiming they are beginning to suffer symptoms while in detention

THE VISTOR. Former senator Bongbong Marcos steps out of the House Legislative Building, where 6 Ilocos Norte officials are detained. Photo from the Marcos camp

Alvarez calls CA justices ‘idiots’ over detention case of Ilocos Norte officials

Jun 14, 2017 - 6:51 PM

The House of Representatives rejects a Court of Appeals ruling ordering an explanation for detaining 6 Ilocos Norte officials who were deemed uncooperative in a committee hearing

NOT BUDGING. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez refuses to let go of the Ilocos Norte officials still detained at the House despite a CA ruling ordering their release. File photo by Rappler

House defies CA order to release detained Ilocos Norte officials

Jun 10, 2017 - 2:58 PM

The CA orders the officials release on June 9 but Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says they have questioned the court s jurisdiction over Congress contempt powers

DETAINED. Genedine Jambaro of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Treasurer's Office turns emotional on May 29 after the House good government and public accountability panel orders her detention. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ilocos Norte officials detained in House seek writ of habeas corpus

Jun 02, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas who had initiate the probe doubts the Court of Appeals will find their detention illegal because they gave dismissive answers to the committee

DETAINED. Genedine Jambaro of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Treasurer's Office turns emotiona on May 29 after the House good government and public accountability panel ordered her detention. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House summons Imee Marcos to tobacco funds probe

May 29, 2017 - 10:55 AM

UPDATED The House committee on good government and public accountability also detains 6 Ilocos Norte officials for giving dismissive answers during the hearing

SUBPOENAED. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos. File photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Ilocos Norte’s tobacco funds go to Imee Marcos' pet projects

May 17, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Representative Rodolfo Fariñas leads a House probe of Ferdinand Marcos daughter Their families were longtime allies until they split in 2015

TOBACCO FUND MISUSE? Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Farinas leads a probe on alleged tobacco funds misuse in his own province. Rappler photo

House tobacco funds probe ‘ironic, unkind,’ says Imee Marcos

May 16, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos fails to attend the House investigation on May 16 because she is on medical leave due to shingles

NO MISUSE OF FUNDS? Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos says the provincial government's transactions involving tobacco funds are aboveboard. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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May 16, 2017 - 3:35 PM

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House cites for contempt 7 Ilocos Norte Capitol officials

May 16, 2017 - 11:46 AM

The House committee on good government and public accountability is also expected to issue a subpoena against Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos

TOBACCO MISUSE. Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Fariñas Jr probes alleged tobacco funds misuse in his own province. Rappler photo

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REJECTED. DENR secretary Gina Lopez during her confirmation hearing at the Senate in Pasay City on March 8, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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House panel wants Imee Marcos to explain P66.45M in 'misused' tobacco funds

May 03, 2017 - 12:45 PM

UPDATED Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos lawyer slams the irresponsible conclusions and describes the House probe as premature politicking

IN HOT WATER. Lawmakers are accusing Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos of misusing millions of the province's tobacco funds. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chavit, Savellano misused P26M tobacco funds – Ombudsman

Jul 05, 2013 - 12:51 AM

The two former governors of Ilocos Sur released a total of P26M to a private entity as financial assistance from funds intended for tobacco farmers