Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog will not resign from his post despite his life being on the line for his alleged drug links.
“Mahapos lang tani para sa akon, pwede na lang ko tani maka-resign kay para magtawhay nalang ang aton nga syudad (It would be easy for me to resign to keep our city peaceful),” Mabilog told employees of the Iloilo City Hall yesterday.
The day before, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered controversial Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido to be assigned in Iloilo City as Mabilog remains in his drug list.
“But I have the mandate of the Ilonggos of Iloilo City to serve as mayor until 2019 and I will stay,” Mabilog said.
The beleaguered city mayor was disheartened that Duterte again singled him out during a speech Monday.
“Two weeks ago, nag siling si Presidente medyo wala na, I don’t know what happened. So again, sustain naton ini, kita nga mga Ilonggo, himuon naton tanan tanan,” Mabilog added.
“I have never protected anyone [engaging in] illegal drugs, even any form of criminality, wala ko may natawgan maskin sin-o nga indi siya pag-tandogon or indi siya pag-dakpon or kung madakpan siya, pagwaon; wala gid. Never!” Mabilog emphasized./WDJ