Imee, Imelda attend House probe on tobacco excise taxes


Posted at Jul 25 2017 10:54 AM | Updated as of Jul 25 2017 12:18 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and Imelda Marcos. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos on Tuesday attended the resumption of the congressional probe on the alleged misuse of tobacco excise taxes.

The governor arrived at the House of Representatives Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability hearing with her mother, Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos.

Marcos earlier said she was hesitant to appear before lawmakers due to fears that she may be detained along with 6 other provincial staff members who were detained last May 29 for supposedly giving dismissive answers during the House hearing.

Marcos, who skipped the first 2 hearings of the investigation, has condemned the Ilocos Six's detention as "early politicking" and said the underlying motive behind the inquiry is House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas' desire to dominate local politics.

Rep. Johnny Pimentel, chairman of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability, has said the governor should not fear attending the probe as lawmakers have no intention to lock her up provided she answers questions.