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Help! Hostage crisis happening in Congress – Imee Marcos

If there is terrorism in Marawi City, there is a hostage crisis in Congress.

This is what Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos described about the detention of the so-called “Ilocos six” by the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability.

“Kung may terorismo sa marawi, may hostage crisis sa Kongreso. Hinostage ang buong finance ng Ilocos Norte,” Marcos told reporters on Thursday (July 13).

Because of the detention of the six provincial employees, Marcos lamented many services in her province have been suspended.

“Wala nang gamot sa ilang hospital at clinic, kulang ang gasolina, kapulisan nagrereklamo, pagtustos ng tuition naantala, dahil kinulong ang Ilocos six,” she explained.

Those detained by the House Committee since May 29 are provincial planning and development officer Pedro Agcaoili, provincial budget officer Evangeline Tabulog, provincial treasurer Josephine Calajate, accountant Eden Battulayan, and treasury office staff members Genedine Jambaro and Encarnacion Gaor.

The Committee detained the six for refusing to answer questions during its inquiry over the anomalous purchase of P66.45 million worth of vehicles using the province’s tobacco excise tax share.

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