Duterte or­ders life­style check on Iloilo mayor

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Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte yes­ter­day said he 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.

Ma­bilog, whom Duterte has tagged as a narco-politi­cian, sought a meet­ing with the Pres­i­dent af­ter Chief In­spec­tor Jovie Espenido was re­as­signed to Iloilo City.

Espenido was the po­lice chief of Al­buera, Leyte and Oza­miz City, Misamis Oc­ci­den­tal when the may­ors of these ar­eas, who had also been tagged as narco-politi­cians, were killed dur­ing po­lice op­er­a­tions.

Duterte fanned spec­u­la­tions that Ma­bilog is the next tar­get when he asked Mon­day, “Mabuhi kaya siya (Will he stay alive?),” re­fer­ring to Ma­bilog.

In a speech dur­ing the mass oath-tak­ing of new star-rank po­lice of­fcers yes­ter­day, Duterte said he learned that Ma­bilog re­sides in a house com­pa­ra­ble to a “palace.”

“Ma­bilog said he wanted to talk to me. I’d like to check [his prop­er­ties]. His house is like a palace,” Duterte said.

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

Espenido was trans­ferred to Iloilo City from Oza­miz City ef­fec­tive Au­gust 29.

An un­fazed Ma­bilog wel­comed Espenido’s trans­fer and said he was hop­ing to work side by side with the po­lice in elim­i­nat­ing il­le­gal drugs trade.

Espenido was the po­lice chief of Al­buera, Leyte when the town mayor, Rolando Espinosa Sr., was ar­rested and de­tained. The mayor was shot dead by Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group (CIDG) agents inside the de­ten­tion cell in Novem­ber last year.

A month later, Espenido was re­as­signed to Oza­miz. Seven months later, on July 30 this year, po­lice swooped down on six prop­er­ties owned by Oza­miz Mayor Rey­naldo Paro­jinog Sr. to search for firearms.

The mayor and 14 oth­ers were killed dur­ing the si­mul­ta­ne­ous raids.

Duterte on Mon­day is­sued a stern warn­ing to Ma­bilog and told him to “stop your con­nec­tions while noth­ing is hap­pen­ing yet.”

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