Recently, we’ve heard reports about Iloilo City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog’s involvement on illegal drugs. In fact, President Rodrigo Duterte tagged him as one of the narco-politicians and a drug syndicate protector.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the facts below about the Mayor Jed Mabilog.
1. He was born to a father of the Chavez-Mabilog clan who was a banker, and a mother who is of the Conlu Locsin Clan.
2. He studied in Assumption Iloilo where his mother graduated and where he got his spiritual upbringing.
3. He proceeded to the public school UP iloilo City for High School and College and West Visayas State University for further studies.
4. He was born as a leader. He was always the class president in their school and always wanted to serve.
5. He started his career in a Japanese firm and because of hard work; he rose in the ranks in a Japanese work environment. It is where he honed his professionalism.
6. He started his political career as he opted for early retirement from the Japanese firm.
7. He became Makati Kaycees Secretary-General and a year later Makati Kaycees President, then the next year he run and became no. 1 Iloilo City Councilor on his first try.
8. Mabilog is a second cousin of Senator Franklin Drilon; he has been in government a little over a decade only.
9. He started his political career as city council in 2004 and was elected as vice mayor in 2007.
10. He ran and won as a mayor against former justice secretary Raul Gonzales in 2010. He has since led Iloilo City after being re-elected in 2013 and 2016.
11. In 2014, international think tank City Mayors Foundation named him one of its 26 finalists for the “most outstanding city mayor in the world” award. The finalists were drawn from 121 mayors – besting even then Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
12. Prior to his political career, he served as marketing director of a customs brokerage firm and chair of Pan Pacific Food Services. He also holds a Masters in Public Management from the Ateneo de Manila University and a degree in Biological Sciences from West Visayas State University.
13. In 2015, complaints of corruption against the City Mayor have piled up.
14. In 2016, the Office of Ombudsman in the Visayas recommended the filing of charges against him for unexplained wealth.
15. Mabilog’s net worth doubled at P44.45 million when he was a vice mayor in 2007.
16. He faced a graft compliant for entering into a contract with 3L Towing Services for the City’s towing services.
After being tagged as a narco-politician by Duterte, Mabilog urged authorities to investigate so he can clear his name out of fear for his and his family’s safety. He also expressed the same fear in the aftermath of the death of the Parojinogs who were also in Duterte’s drug list.
Recently, Duterte warned Mabilog as his next target.