Duterte or­ders life­style check on Ma­bilog

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PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte has or­dered the Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI) and Bureau of In­ter­nal Rev­enue (BIR) to con­duct a life­style check on Iloilo City Mayor Jed Pa­trick Ma­bilog.

At the mass oath-tak­ing of new star-rank po­lice of­fi­cers Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, Duterte re­vealed that he dis­cov­ered that Ma­bilog is living in a house sim­i­lar to a “Palace.”

“He may be a son of a wealthy peo­ple. I in­structed the NBI and BIR to carry out a life­style check be­cause he has a Palace,” he added.

Duterte said Ma­bilog, who he iden­ti­fied as a “narco-politi­cian,” sought a meet­ing with him af­ter he an­nounced the re­as­sign­ment of Chief In­spec­tor Jovie Espenido to Iloilo City amid spec­u­la­tions that Ma­bilog is the next tar­get of the gov­ern­ment’s war on drugs.

“Ma­bilog said he wanted to talk to me. I’d like to check [his prop­er­ties]. His house is like a Palace,” Duterte said in a speech he de­liv­ered at Palace’s Rizal Hall.

Espenido was the chief of po­lice when Al­buera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and Oza­miz City mayor Rey­naldo Paro­jinog were killed by po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing law en­force­ment op­er­a­tions. The two may­ors were named by Duterte as gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in­volved in the il­licit drugs trade.

In a ra­dio in­ter­view, Ma­bilog said he wanted to talk to Duterte to per­son­ally present his track record.

On Mon­day, Duterte warned the Iloilo mayor to end his drug con­nec­tions, not­ing that in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in nar­cotics trade may face death un­der his watch.

“I will tell you again, mayor you are ac­cused [of be­ing in­volved in nar­cotics trade]. For the long­est time, you are in­cluded in the up­dated [drug] list. Frankly, you may want to stop your [drug] con­nec­tions while noth­ing is hap­pen­ing yet,” Duterte told re­porters in Pam­panga on Tues­day.

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Roa Duterte in­ter­acts with the young par­tic­i­pants from Marawi City who joined the Tabak Ed­u­ca­tional Tour. The par­tic­i­pants vis­ited the Pres­i­dent in Mala­cañan Palace on Au­gust 29, 2017. (Pres­i­den­tial Photo)

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