Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos withdrew her statement that P100 million was offered to the members of the House committee on good government and public accountability ensure her detention.
The bribery attempt was supposed to have been in connection with the on going inquiry on the purchase of motor vehicles worth P66.5 million by the PGIN using the province’s excise tax collection.
Gov. Marcos, who attended the hearing for the first time after failing to make an appearance in two previous occasions apologized and withdrew her, saying that ‘it was (her) mere suspicion and given that the source is uncertain I withdraw the accusation to the integrity and the honor of the House that P100 million was circulated. Hindi po totoo yun at ako po ay nagpapaumanhin kung nasaktan ang ibang miembro ng ating Kongreso.”
During her appearance in the hearing, Marcos also appealed for the release of the so-called ‘Ilocos Six.’ Ilocos Norte provincial officials who were detained for their refusal to answer questions in connection with the inquiry.
“Narito po ako ngayon dahil sa subpoena na ipinadala sa akin at umaapela ako sa komite na ito na mapalaya na ang “Ilocos Six” na 55 araw na nakakulong sa Kongreso. Handa po ako na sumagot sa mga katanungan ng komite para makatulong sa pag-amyenda at pagbago ng batas na isang layunin ng investigation in aid of legislation na pinursige ko sa higit isanng dosenang taon na bilang miembro din ng HREP,” said Marcos.
The concerned officials were released, ending 55 days of detention for their refusal to answer questions.
With Marcos were her mother, Rep. Imelda Marcos (2nd District, Ilocos Norte) and legal counsel, former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.