Mabilog seeks meeting with Duterte

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 29 2017 10:42 AM | Updated as of Aug 29 2017 11:04 AM

MANILA - Iloilo Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog on Tuesday requested for a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter tapped Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido as Iloilo's new police chief.

Mabilog said he has tried but failed to personally present his track record to the Chief Executive ever since the latter named him among the alleged "narco-politicians" last year.

"Through sa program niyo po, baka mabigyan ako ng opportunity na makaharap si Presidente. I've been doing everything po," the mayor told DZMM's "Failon Ngayon."

"Kaya lang po, simple mayor lang po ako ng Iloilo City and I don't know anyone in the national level, much more sa Malacañang to meet the President so that we could talk and mapakita ko man lang sa kanya iyung mga nagawa ko."

Duterte had described Iloilo as the "most shabulized" city in the country. On Monday, he confirmed that he is sending Espenido to the chartered city with the order to go after Mabilog.

Espenido served as chief of police in Albuera and Ozamiz towns when its respective mayors, Rolando Espinosa Sr. and Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., were killed in separate police operations.

Mabilog said he welcomes Espindo's deployment to Iloilo, but admitted that he fears for his and his family's safety.

In his DZMM interview, the mayor reiterated that he had never used drugs nor protected narcotics rings.

Mabilog added that under his term, Iloilo neutralized all high-value targets, including drug kingpin Melvin Odicta and his wife Meriam.

The city government, he said, also facilitated the rehabilitation and creation of jobs for 1,200 drug surrenderers and mounted 376 anti-drug operations with the police.

Mabilog said he also strengthened the city's canine units to intercept drug shipments into Iloilo ports.