Ombudsman started investigation vs. Imee Marcos

Published July 12, 2018, 3:26 PM

by iManila Developer

By Czarina Nicole Ong

The Office of the Ombudsman has already started a fact-finding investigation on Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and her involvement in the reportedly anomalous use of tobacco funds for the purchase of minitrucks and minivans through cash advances.

IMEE FOR SENATOR – Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos to run for the senatorial seat on 2019. Photo shows Marcos speech during the opening of the Bicentennial monument in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Feb. 2, 2018. (ERWIN BELEO/MANILA BULLETIN)
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (ERWIN BELEO/MANILA BULLETIN)

“It’s under fact-finding investigation,” Morales confirmed during an interview held at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City yesterday afternoon.

The House of Representatives has already recommended that graft charges be filed against Marcos, and Morales said that their recommendation will really boost their investigation.

“It will accelerate the finding of facts that have a bearing on the investigation,” she said.

Marcos was earlier weighed down by a report made by the Commission on Audit (COA) regarding the misuse of P66.45 million worth of Ilocos Norte provincial government tobacco funds.

Local officials were accused of resorting to cash advances for the procurement of minicabs, buses and mini trucks even though this mode of disbursement is not allowed.