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DILG to comply with dismissal order vs Mabilog
DILG officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy said he sent a directive to their regional director in Western Visayas to implement the dismissal order against Mabilog. Mabilog Facebook page, File
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will implement the dismissal order of the Office of the Ombudsman against Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.
DILG officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy said he sent a directive to their regional director in Western Visayas to implement the dismissal order against Mabilog.
Cuy said the implementation of the order will likely take place next week, the earliest on Monday, as government offices are closed during the weekend.
He said Mabilog does not have to be physically present for the dismissal order to take effect.
“The order could be served at his office,” Cuy said.
Western Visayas police director Chief Supt. Cesar
Hawthorne Binag said they will implement the DILG order against Mabilog.
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The ombudsman ordered Mabilog’s dismissal after he was found guilty of serious dishonesty for his questionable wealth.
The complaint stemmed from Mabilog’s failure to properly account for his sources of wealth in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth in 2012 and 2013.
Mabilog fled the country on fears that he might end up like slain mayors Rolando Espinosa of Albuera, Leyte and Reynaldo Parojinog of Ozamis City.
Like Espinosa and Parojinog, President Duterte has tagged Mabilog as a narco-politician.
Duterte slammed the ombudsman for delaying the order for dismissal of Mabilog.
“The ombudsman, in a very, very late gesture, to make it appear that they support me, they fired, stripped him (Mabilog) of his mayorship,” Duterte said told a gathering of the Center for Brighter Beginnings in Davao City last Friday.
Duterte also talked about Mabilog’s affinity with opposition leader Sen. Franklin Drilon, a known stalwart of the Liberal Party (LP) and a native of Iloilo City.
The LP has vehemently denied the insinuations of drug links.
“Mabilog is, I think a cousin of Drilon. That’s it,” Duterte said, telling the crowd that Mabilog has been booted out of his office.
Duterte said he does not care who gets hit by the anti-drug campaign as long as he is able to do his mandate to protect the people’s welfare. –Christina Mendez