Dismissed ex-Iloilo City mayor: ‘Coming from him?’

Former Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog tweeted, “Coming from him?” after President Rodrigo Duterte announced he was among 64 government officials recently dismissed by the Ombudsman.

However, the former mayor has yet to release a formal statement on the issue.

During his public address on Monday night, Duterte said Mabilog was dismissed for grave misconduct, serious dishonesty, and conduct prejudicial to the service’s best interest.

In August 2017, Mabilog left the country as Duterte continues to tag him in illegal drugs.

In October 2017, Ombudsman dismissed Mabilog from the service for “serious dishonesty relative to his unlawful acquisition of wealth.”

The former Iloilo City mayor was also perpetually disqualified from holding public office.

Ombudsman said Mabilog failed to “properly account or explain his sources of income,” specifically the P8.9-million increase in the mayor’s wealth within one year from 2012 to 2013.

Mabilog’s Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) in 2013 was P68,341,622.40 – higher by P8,983,082.52 from his 2012 SALN of P59,358,539.89.

Former Iloilo City mayor, 63 other gov’t officials dismissed

Aside from former Iloilo City Mayor Mabilog, Duterte also said the following high-ranking officials were dismissed:

  • From the Department of Agrarian Reform: Rowena Agbayani, Ronald Venancio, Teresita Legaspi Panlilio, and Ricardo Oblena;
  • From the Department of Education: Doroteo Galavia, Lucinda Dela Cruz, Mary Ann Sta. Maria Parcon, Rebecca Teodosio Esto (Libacao National Forestry Vocational High School in Aklan), and Dorothy Calimag;
  • From the Philippine National Police: PO3 Exequiel Arevalo Jr., Police Inspector Ferdinand Relasyon, and SPO1 Renato Masangkay; and
  • From Quezon province: treasurers Louie Senolos, Pedro Ruiz Jr., Renato Fontanil, and Royle Macandog and the late San Andres, Quezon mayor Sergio Empresse (killed in August 2019 when he was already the vice mayor).

“I have to honor my commitment to the people to report the progress of our campaign against graft and corruption. Some names were slapped with cases before which were only decided now. Some were dismissed years ago, but their dismissal orders took effect with finality only this year,” Duterte said.

 stepped his anti- campaign and offered P50,000 to P100,000 cash incentives to anyone who could give information about any government “ghost project.”