Sen. Imee Marcos refuses to sign Pharmally committee report

Sen. Imee Marcos refuses to sign Pharmally committee report

By Tracy Cabrera

Presidential sister Sen. Imee Marcos-Manotoc

MANILA — Just a day after she expressed hope to make the government’s job of legislation more efficient through her special relationship with President-elect Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., senator Imee Marcos-Manotoc proclaimed herself SAP to the incoming president—as in ‘Super Ate ng Pangulo’—although her brother had already appointed former Davao del Norte lawmaker Anton Lagdameo Jr. as his Special Assistant to the President (SAP).

And right now the lady senator is making good with her word by saying she will not sign Senate blue ribbon committee chairman Sen. Richard Gordon’s penned report on the panel’s Pharmally investigation.

As a member of Gordon’s committee, Marcos-Manotoc explained her decision by claiming all she wants is a thorough investigation of how the government has spent its pandemic fund amid reports that there had been some questionable transactions.

However, the Senate probe, she hinted, went overboard.

“I participated in the hearing, but I’m not signing the committee report,” she pointed out.

“We wanted an investigation. But I think there were many inclusions that do not or were not merited given the evidence available,” she further said.

The president-elect’s sister believes signing the report even with reservation or intent to interpellate would mean agreeing to the report.

“Very often we sign but with reservation or interpellate with the amendment but in general it signifies your ascend to the committee report,” she enthused. (ai/mtvn)

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