‘Ilocos 6’ back to work, offer thanksgiving mass at Capitol

LAOAG CITY — The six provincial employees detained for almost two months at the House of Representatives are back to work starting today.

Receiving a warm welcome from co-workers on Tuesday, Pedro Agacaoili, Provincial Planning and Development Officer and chairman of the Bids and Awards Committee; Josephine Calajate, Provincial Treasurer; Eden Battulayan, Acting Accountant; Evangeline Tabulog, Provincial Budget Officer; and cashiers Genedine Jambaro and Encarnacion Gaor, resumed their duties and responsibilities on early Tuesday as they started to clear their backlogs caused by their unexpected long detention.

Described as the “Ilocos Six”, the Capitol employees were cited in contempt upon motion of Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas of the first district of Ilocos Norte for alleged failure to respond convincingly to the questions of the members of the House Committee on Good Government and Accountability.

The six were only freed last week when Governor Imee Marcos appeared in Congress as she was issued a subpoena to shed light on the alleged misuse of tobacco funds in the province.

To celebrate their homecoming, provincial employees offered a thanksgiving mass at the Capitol auditorium on Tuesday afternoon officiated by Reverend Monsignor Romualde Batoon, rector of St. William Cathedral, this city.

Attended by over a hundred employees including five of the so-called “Ilocos 6”, the priest underscored in his homily, “It’s right and just to thank God always and everywhere…on rainy days or sunny days or when one is happy or sad.”

After the mass, the Ilocos 6 except Agcaoili who failed to attend, were each handed bouquet of flowers to welcome them on their return. Leilanie Adriano/

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