Iloilo mayor still a no-show after sick leave expires

Cherry Palma, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 02 2017 06:28 PM

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog still has not reported for work Monday, even after his sick leave expired last Saturday, September 30.

During the flag raising ceremony, Iloilo City Hall employees expected that they will see Mabilog after a long period of rest.

However, it was announced that Mabilog will not yet return to work.

According to Atty. Mark Piad, Mabilog's legal counsel and spokesperson, the mayor filed for an additional 30-day sick leave last Friday due to security reasons.

Piad added the mayor still feels unsafe and fears for the lives of the members of his family.

Piad did not reveal details of the threat against Mabilog but said it was serious enough for the mayor to refrain from working.

He also said the stress Mabilog is going through adds up to the complications of his Type 2 diabetes.

Mabilog was named by Duterte as among alleged "narco-politicians" last year. The President has meanwhile tagged Iloilo as the "most shabulized" city in the country.

Mabilog has denied the allegations.

Meanwhile, acting city mayor Joe Espinosa remains as the head of the city government, with the power to sign important documents on behalf of Mabilog.