Ombudsman's action on Mabilog 'too late'
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday night described as ‘pretentious’ the move of the Office of the Ombudsman to dismiss Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, saying that it was a “very, very late gesture” against his next target.
In a speech at Davao City, Duterte claimed that the Ombudsman simply acted on the complaint against Mabilog to pretend that it supports his administration.
“Look at Mabilog, I think he is the cousin of [Senator Franklin] Drilon. The Ombudsman, in a very, very late gesture, fired [or] stripped him of his mayorship to deceive the public that they are supportive of me,” Duterte said.
Earlier, President Duterte called out Mabilog, this time, threatening the latter that he was his “next” target.
Mabilog left the country on Aug. 31 after Duterte repeatedly warned Mabilog to end his drug ties or else, be killed if he continues his drug-related activities.
The Iloilo City mayor’s wife and children also went overseas so as not to risk their safety.
Mabilog went on sick leave until the end of October, citing health concerns.
The Ombudsman’s Office had earlier gained Duterte’s ire when it started an investigation into the President’s alleged multibillion-peso bank accounts.
Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang led the investigation, which stemmed from Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s complaint.