Albano tells Marcos: Wag ka magbigay ng kundisyon!

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Deputy Speaker Mylene Garcia-Albano coldly rejected Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos’s setting of a condition for her appearance in a House inquiry on the alleged anomalous procurement of provincial vehicles via the Capitol’s excise tax collection from locally-produced Virginia-type cigarettes.

Albano, who represents Davao City in the House of Representatives (HOR), said Marcos’s participation in the probe must not be hinged on any conditions or demands.

“Her attendance at the hearing should not be conditional,” Albano said ahead of a July 25 hearing of the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability. Marcos has already skipped two previous hearings of the panel, despite its invites.

The lady governor is reportedly asking for the release of the so-called “Ilocos Six” in exchange for her attendance in the upcoming hearing. The Deputy Speaker slammed this.

“These detained officials also have liabilities that they should answer for if it is proven that the purchases were illegal. Why should she take up the cudgels for them?” Albano said, referring to Marcos.

The Ilocos Six are composed of finance officials from the provincial government who have been held in contempt by the HOR since May 29 for giving evasive answers regarding the purchase of P66.45 million worth of vehicles.

It is believed by some that these local officials are trying to protect Marcos via their non-responsiveness.

“Let’s not lose our focus here. The issue is the alleged misuse of public funds by the provincial government of Ilocos Norte. Governor Marcos has a chance to clear her name by attending the hearing and explaining before the Commitee her actions,” Albano added.