By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has asked the United States embassy in the Philippines why it granted visa to drug-linked former Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog if it was true that he went there.
The President said he gave the US embassy a list of suspected drug offenders, including Mabilog, so it could deny their visa applications.
Mabilog is included in the list of 46 politicians identified by the President for alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade. Administrative cases have been filed against the concerned officials before the Office of the Ombudsman, Duterte said.
“I’d like to inform the US Embassy. I thought I gave you a list noon. Kung nakalusot itong mayor na ito, I’d like to ask the embassy bakit ninyo nabigyan ng…Nanghingi kayo ng listahan, binigay ko sa ambassador ninyo so Filipino addicts who would go there only to destroy your country will be denied visas [If this mayor was able to escape, I’d like to ask the embassy why did you give him (a visa). You asked for a list and I gave it to your ambassador so Filipino addicts who would go there only to destroy your country will be denied visas],” Duterte said during the peace and order council meeting in Davao City.
“I remember I gave you a copy and the name of this mayor because he is so famous was there definitely. Now I’m asking bakit nandyan sa Amerika [why is he in America] if indeed he is in America or if he is not in America, I’m sorry but maybe in Canada,” he said.
The President has accused Mabilog as a suspected protector of drug syndicates, who has allowed Iloilo to become the “most shabulized” province in the country.
Mabilog has denied the President’s allegations and left the country to allegedly seek medical treatment in 2017. He was later removed from his post by the Office of the Ombudsman for failing to declare his true wealth.