Move on, wife of ex-Iloilo City mayor tells President Duterte

ILOILO CITY —The wife of former Iloilo City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to move on and stop attacking her husband and their family.

Former Iloilo City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog in an August, 2017, photo.   (Tara Yap/File/Manila Bulletin)

“Move on. As I had said before, stop looking at my family and start looking at yours,” appealed Marivic Griengo Mabilog in a post on Facebook.

This was after her husband was  mentioned by President Duterte in a nationwide address Monday night.

“You have nothing on Jed except fabricated charges decided upon by your spineless minions,” Marivic Mabilog said.

The President said Jed Mabilog is among those who were dismissed with finality by the Office of the Ombudsman for grave misconduct, serious dishonesty, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of public service.

The Ombudsman ordered the dismissal of Jed Mabilog in 2017 for “serious dishonesty, relative to his unlawful acquisition of wealth.” The Ombudsman also meted Mabilog with perpetual disqualification from holding public office.

For more than four years, President Duterte has repeatedly mentioned the name of Jed Mabilog. The first time in an August 2016 televised address when he released the names of politicians and police officials who were allegedly protectors of drug syndicates. 

He also threatened to kill Mabilog for allegedly protecting the Odicta drug syndicate, whose alleged leader was also killed.

In August, 2017, Mabilog left the country to attend international conferences.

Mabilog said he would return to the Philippines but later announced that he would no longer return to the country as he feared for his life and his family’s life due to the non-stop attack of President Duterte. The Mabilog family has since lived in Canada.

No Twitter account

Marivic Mabilog also denied the news of the alleged response of the former Iloilo City mayor to President Duterte.

A news cable network sourced out its news story from a Twitter post that used the name of Jed Patrick Mabilog.  The cable news network used this quote: “You can destroy me all you want, but you could never deny the fact what Iloilo achieved together with the Ilonggos.”

But Marivic Mabilog clarified that her husband does not have a Twitter account.

“Somebody with some sinister agenda maintains it.  Whoever he or she is,  wants to keep the animosity and enmity alive between Jed and the Duterte camp,” Marivic Mabilog told Manila Bulletin in an online message.