Supreme Court junks petition from Imee Marcos, Ilocos 6

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 10) — One year after six employees of the Ilocos Norte government were released from detention, the Supreme Court junked a petition asking for the same.

The high court on Tuesday junked a petition from Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos seeking intervention for the release of six employees whom the House of Representatives detained over the alleged misuse of a ₱66 million tobacco fund. The case was filed in July last year.

However, the House already released the so-called "Ilocos Six" later that month.

Therefore, the SC concluded the petition was moot and academic.

"The prohibition aspect finds no justification on the part of respondents," the SC Public Information Office said. "And the writ of Amparo will not lie as there is no legal or factual justification therefore in the absence of an extralegal killing or an enforce disappearance, or threats thereof."

Both Marcos and the employees came under fire when money from the fund was spent on minicabs, minitrucks, and buses.

In the House Committee Report on the issue released last week, lawmakers recommended the filing of administrative and criminal cases against those involved in the purchase. However, the report failed to name who the liable officials were.

This also comes after the Commission on Audit found that the Ilocos Norte government had bid documents worth ₱21.76 million with fake reference numbers, as well as ₱154 million worth of doubtful purchases and deliveries.

The report also found that the controversial vehicles were not insured or registered with the Land Transportation Office.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.