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.
“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.