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House defers show cause order vs 3 CA justices in Ilocos detention case

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:53 PM

This comes after House Sergeant at Arms Roland Detabali filed a motion for the 3 justices of the CA Special 4th Division to inhibit from the case

ON HOLD. Representative Johnny Pimentel and House Sergeant-atArms Roland Detabali briefs media on the possible detention rooms of Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos and the 3 CA justices on July 3, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ilocos Norte execs want CA to declare House detention a form of 'torture'

Jun 26, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The provincial officials lawyer Estelito Mendoza urges the Court of Appeals to grant their petition for a writ of habeas corpus

DETAINED OFFICIALS. From left to right: Evangeline Tabulog, Josephine Calajate, Encarnacion Gaor, Genedine Jambaro, Eden Battulayan, and Pedro Agcaoili during a House hearing on June 20, when they still refused to properly testify before lawmakers. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

House panel issues show cause order to 3 CA justices over detention case

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:46 PM

The committee on good government asks appellate court justices to explain their order for the provisional release of the Ilocos Norte officials detained by the House

LEGISLATIVE VS JUDICIARY? The panel chaired by Representative Johnny Pimentel agrees to issue a show cause order against 3 CA justices. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

‘Maawa naman kayo,’ detained Ilocos Norte officials tell House

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:31 PM

The good government committee tells the officials If you’re not willing to answer any questions wala po kaming magagawa kundi ibalik kayo sa detention cell

EMOTIONAL WITNESSES. Ilocos Norte officials Genedine Jambaro and Eden Battulayan tear up in front of lawmakers during the hearing on June 20. Photo by Rappler

'Mastermind' muzzling Ilocos Norte execs in House probe, says Fariñas

Jun 16, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Asked whether he was referring to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says Your guess is as good as mine maybe even better

NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH? Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says only by telling the truth before lawmakers will the Ilocos Norte officials be released from detention. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Cruel' for House to still detain Ilocos Norte officials – Bongbong Marcos

Jun 15, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Former senator Bongbong Marcos says he feels sorry for the situation of the officials claiming they are beginning to suffer symptoms while in detention

THE VISTOR. Former senator Bongbong Marcos steps out of the House Legislative Building, where 6 Ilocos Norte officials are detained. Photo from the Marcos camp

Alvarez calls CA justices ‘idiots’ over detention case of Ilocos Norte officials

Jun 14, 2017 - 6:51 PM

The House of Representatives rejects a Court of Appeals ruling ordering an explanation for detaining 6 Ilocos Norte officials who were deemed uncooperative in a committee hearing

NOT BUDGING. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez refuses to let go of the Ilocos Norte officials still detained at the House despite a CA ruling ordering their release. File photo by Rappler

House defies CA order to release detained Ilocos Norte officials

Jun 10, 2017 - 2:58 PM

The CA orders the officials release on June 9 but Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says they have questioned the court s jurisdiction over Congress contempt powers

DETAINED. Genedine Jambaro of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Treasurer's Office turns emotional on May 29 after the House good government and public accountability panel orders her detention. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ilocos Norte officials detained in House seek writ of habeas corpus

Jun 02, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas who had initiate the probe doubts the Court of Appeals will find their detention illegal because they gave dismissive answers to the committee

DETAINED. Genedine Jambaro of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Treasurer's Office turns emotiona on May 29 after the House good government and public accountability panel ordered her detention. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

To shift or not: Ilocos Sur farmers urged to keep growing tobacco

May 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Candon City in Ilocos Sur goes against the Philippines local and international commitments to shift farmers away from tobacco to alternative crops and livelihood

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House summons Imee Marcos to tobacco funds probe

May 29, 2017 - 10:55 AM

UPDATED The House committee on good government and public accountability also detains 6 Ilocos Norte officials for giving dismissive answers during the hearing

SUBPOENAED. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos. File photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

What local governments owe tobacco farmers

May 29, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Tobacco farmers in Sta Cruz Ilocos Sur say their local government uses its share in excise taxes on cigarettes in funding non tobacco farming projects

Ilocos Norte’s tobacco funds go to Imee Marcos' pet projects

May 17, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Representative Rodolfo Fariñas leads a House probe of Ferdinand Marcos daughter Their families were longtime allies until they split in 2015

TOBACCO FUND MISUSE? Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Farinas leads a probe on alleged tobacco funds misuse in his own province. Rappler photo

House approves bill that removes uniform cigarette tax

Dec 13, 2016 - 6:04 PM

The House of Representatives passes the bill despite opposition from the Department of Finance

PASSED. The House of Representatives gives its nod to House Bill Number 4144 on December 13. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House okays 2-tier cigarette tax bill on 2nd reading

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:50 PM

House ways and means panel chair Dakila Cua says HB 4144 if passed into law would generate additional P14 billion in government revenue

ONE MORE STEP. HB 4144 hurdles its second reading at the House of Representatives. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOF: Bill imposing 2-tier tax on cigarettes won't benefit farmers

Dec 06, 2016 - 4:18 PM

The House committee on ways and means approves HB 4144 after only two committee deliberations

PASSED THE COMMITTEE LEVEL. The House ways and means committee approves HB Number 4144 on December 5.

Tobacco enriches, corrupts northern PH

Jun 19, 2013 - 1:08 PM

Tobacco enriches and corrupts in the dry sun drenched northern Philippines where family fortunes as well as political empires are built on the golden leaf

TOBACCO IMPACT. A worker prepares tobacco leaves for curing at a homemade barn in Candon town, Ilocos sur province, northern Philippines. AFP photo taken in May 2013

Farmers unfazed by sin tax bill; exports to boost incomes - DA

Dec 15, 2012 - 12:28 PM

So long as income is guaranteed farmers will continue cultivating tobacco