Q and A: We have our defense ready – Imee Marcos

May 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

Ilocos Norte Governor Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” Romualdez Marcos is ubiquitous nowadays as she stumps all over the country.  Recently, she graced the Parade and Street Dancing Contest of Sual in Pangasinan to celebrate the coastal town’s fiesta held at the Municipal Seaport.


GRILLING BANGUS. Ilocos Norte Gov.Imee Marcos and Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque grill bangus and oysters as they join during the Kalutan ed Dalan late afternoon last April 30 as part of the city’s Bangus Festival. At left is City Mayor Belen Fernandez.CESAR RAMIREZ

Northern Watch asked her the probable plunder case the government will file against her and her staff at the provincial government of Ilocos Norte after the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability of the House of Representatives accused her and others for violating the law on the tobacco excise tax’s shares as stated on Republic Act No. 7171, the government procurement’s reform act as seen on RA 9184 , Commission on Audit Memorandum Circular 97-002 , and others.

The Northern Watch inquired also asked the governor, who is No. 13 in the latest Pulse Asia’s polls, her stand on the Commonwealth Act No. 146 or the Public Service Act that restricts the ownership of public utilities in the Philippines by foreigners that the present Senate procrastinated to act on, despite being passed in the third and final reading by the House of Representatives in October last year.  Northern Watch columnist Mortz Ortigoza did the interview.EXCERPT:

MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA (MCO): Do you think a probable plunder case to be recommended by a congressional committee on your P66 million purchase of multi-cabs in your province in violation of the Tobacco Excise Tax and others will hamper your senate function in case you win the 2019 poll?

IMEE MARCOS (IM): Well, I don’t think so. We have our defense ready at nakita naman kahit ano pa talagang maipapaliwanag, umabot sa tao ang lahat na ginagawa sa mga farmers natin (Everybody saw that we could explain it (P66 million purchase), the people also know how we help our farmers (in Ilocos Norte).

MCO: Are you familiar with the Public Service Act?

IM: Hindi (No).

MCO: It’s about opening our country’s business atmosphere to 100% foreign ownership to draw more FDI or foreign direct investment that will generate more jobs to our people. Na approved na ng House pero ang Senate has yet to approve it . When you become a senator will you vote for its approval?

IM: I am not familiar with that you call PSA. Ano iyong title (What is its title)?

MCO: Amendment of the 60%-40% business equity that favors the Filipino,  The amendment will favor foreigners to entirely own the business enterprise in the country.

IM: Kailangan na basahin ng maigi kasi importante na madepensahan rin ang mga Filipinos (We have to study it carefully because we have to protect the interest of the Filipinos).

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