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Gov. Imee insists use of tobacco funds legal

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos insisted before the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability yesterday that the P66.5-million in cash advances from the tobacco excise funds that the capitol used to purchase 115 vehicles from 2011 to 2012 were above board.

The Supreme Court is set to deliberate today the petition of Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and the six detained provincial officials for a Writ of Amparo against the “actual and threatened violations of their rights to liberty and security” by a committee of the House of Representatives.

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House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said that officials in higher places could very well find themselves in hot water in connection with the lawmakers’ upcoming probe on the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) tax reduction anomaly.

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A House leader yesterday showed the possible detention room of Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos at the House of Representatives should she fail to attend the fourth hearing on the allegedly irregular purchase of P66.45-million worth of vehicles by the provincial government.

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The House Committees on Good Government and Public Accountability and Justice are set conduct a preliminary probe on the purported “grossly disadvantageous” joint venture agreement between the Bureau of Corrections and Tagum Agricultural Development Co. Inc. tomorrow.

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The House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability will launch another leg of its investigation on the controversial P10-billion Poverty Eradication and Alleviation Certificate (PEACe) bonds with Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon “Dinky” J. Soliman participating as among the key resource persons in the congressional hearing.

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