By: Elena Grace Flores
Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog thought it was unfair to be included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s list alleging that he was involved in the illegal drug trade. He issued a statement, saying; he finds it “very unfortunate and disconcerting” that his name was dragged into the list of more than 150 personalities publicly disclosed by President Duterte.
“I can categorically say that I am not involved in the protection, trade, and use of illegal drugs. I am willing to open myself for any investigation, cooperate and submit myself to any court of law,” he said. Mabilog also appealed for a speedy conduct of investigation, as his and his family’s safety are now at stake. “Since this is an urgent matter which endanger my personal security and that of my family, I request that the authorities conduct a speedy investigation for I, too wanted the truth and nothing but the truth to come out,” he elaborated.
“It is only fair that since my name has been called out, that I can be accorded with the speedy investigation,” the mayor added.
Mabilog was one of the local government officials who surfaced to tell their side of the story. Aside from Mabilog, three other mayors, including Mayor Goto Violago of San Rafael, Bulacan, also showed up at the national police headquarters to deny Duterte’s allegations. This looks like another error in Duterte’s “trial and error” drug bust strategy – but he can never bring back the good reputation of those he accused wrongly by not verifying leads closely – and trying to stop his mouth before they are convicted. Is this your kind of human right, Mr. President?