Duterte orders lifestyle check on Iloilo mayor
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.”