Walang delicadeza! Alvarez slams CA justice for not inhibiting in ‘Ilocos 6 case’ despite ties to Estelito Mendoza

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House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has chided Court of Appeals Associate Justice Nina Antonino-Alvarez for not inhibiting in the case involving six detained employees of the Ilocos Norte provincial government.

In a radio interview Friday (June 16), Alvarez said Antonino-Alvarez should have recused herself from the case, which is being handled by the CA’s Special Fourth Division, since her husband former associate in the law office of Atty. Estelito Mendoza, the lawyer of the so-called “Ilocos Six.”

“Delicadeza dapat nag-inhibit man lang siya diyan, pero hindi nag-inhibit,” he said.

Antonino-Alvarez’s colleagues in the Special Fourth Division, Associate Justices Stephen Cruz, Edwin Sorongon and Nina Antonino-Valenzuela, did not escape Alvarez’s wrath.

“Ito namang dalawa pang bugok na kasama niya, ay pumanig pa. Dito talaga, malinaw na malinaw talagang gross ignorance of the law ito. Kaya ako, hindi ko ino-honor yung kanilang order na magpost ng bail,” he said.

The CA has issued a show cause order asking Alvarez and House Sergeant at Arms Roland Detabali to explain why they should not be held in contempt over their failure to present the six employees of the Ilocos Norte provincial government it detained following a legislative inquiry.

The following were detained on May 29 after being cited in contempt by the House committee on good government and public accountability, which is looking into the alleged misuse of P66.45 million in tobacco excise funds by the Ilocos Norte government: Pedro Agcaoili, provincial planning and development office chairman; Josephine Calajate, provincial treasurer; Evangeline Tabulog, provincial budget officer; and provincial treasurer’s office workers Eden Battulayan, Encarnacion Gaor and Genedine Jambaro.

The provincial officers have been detained at the House since May 29 after being cited in contempt by the House committee on good government and public accountability.

Alvarez said he will not release the officials until they tell the truth about the supposed anomaly regarding the purchase of vehicles by the provincial government using tobacco excise taxes.