MANILA - Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos on Tuesday backed down on her previous allegation that P100-million money was offered to congressmen who will detain her.
"For that I apologize and withdraw my statement. It was my mere suspicion and given the sources uncertain, I withdraw the accusation to the integrity and to the honor of the House that a hundred million circulated," Marcos said.
Marcos alleged that P100 million will be given to lawmakers who will detain her for alleged misuse of more than P60 million in tobacco excise taxes.
"Hindi po totoo yun at ako ay nagpapaumanhin kung nasaktan ang ibang miyembro ng ating Kongreso," she added.
Congressman Rudy Fariñas, Marcos' political rival, thanked the governor for the clarification. "Thank you, ma'am for the clarification. We appreciate that," he said.
While he welcomed the retraction, Congressman Miro Quimbo also pointed out that the Liberal Party and former president Benigno Aquino III have no role in the issue.
"I apologize. I have no notion what actually was written up in the media and I decry the dragging in of the name of President Noynoy Aquino who was my colleague in the House as part of the opposition for years and years," Marcos said.
She added, "Ang pag-aakusa ng katiwalian ay hindi na bago sa pamilya ko at nakikita naman natin na tuloy-tuloy pa rin kaya kailangang ipagtanggol ang pangalan at dignidad hindi lamang ng Kongreso kundi ng bawat isa sa atin dito."
Quimbo also made it clear that Vice President Leni Robredo is not connected to the issue.
“In fact to this day, whatever is spending for the Presidential Electoral Tribunal like how the people decided in May 2016, we are confident that Leni Robredo will be vice president until the end of her term,” he said.
Gov. Marcos’ brother, Senator Bongbong Marcos, filed an election protest against Robredo in 2016.