A wife to die for

ABOVE THE BELT | ALEX P. VIDAL

“I love being my husband’s wife.”–Julianna Margulies

NEW YORK CITY — I haven’t met Mrs. Victoria “Marivic” Griengo-Mabilog in person, but based on what I have heard in the news about her these past years, I think she is the kind of wife any husband will die for unconditionally.

Of all the elected public officials in the Philippines humiliated by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in his dubious “narco list”, only former Iloilo City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog got a blistering open and all-out support from a wife, so far.

Mrs. Mabilog, who can swear to any ghost in heaven that her husband is innocent, had the guts to call the president a “liar.”

Mrs. Mabilog–or the Mabilog family–probably have had enough.

Any wife, a mother or a sister, can feel what Mrs. Mabilog felt when her husband was verbally abused repeatedly in national media, kicked while down on all four, subjected to unconscionable indignity, and treated like a worthless human being even if he wasn’t fighting back.

It seems the president was hell-bent not only to kill Mayor Mabilog’s enthusiasm for public service, but also his spirit as a human being.  

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If you are a victim of a false accusation, a slanderous and baseless imputations, a black propaganda and toxic politics, and your wife happens to be Mrs. Mabilog, who believes in your absolute innocence, you’re not doomed.

Judging from her passionate and fiery rebuttal of the president’s soliloquy linking her husband to a despicable activity based only on a fringe “intelligence report”, Mrs. Mabilog is the type of wife who will bite the bullet for her husband; a wife who’s willing to transform into a Medusa, a winged human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair, and turn into stone those who will cast aspersion on her beloved husband.   

The presidential persecution actually was too much; it’s over kill and already OA (overacting).

Is Mayor Mabilog really the worst politician in the Philippines?

What will President Duterte feel if one day, a political enemy will become president, by a stoke of luck, and also humiliate his son, Paolo; or daughter, Sara, and insist without any shred of evidence that they are members of international drug syndicate?

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:2)

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There are others in President Duterte’s incredible list who may also be innocent like Mayor Mabilog, but their family members–wives, husbands, children–aren’t that intrepid and cocksure like Mrs. Mabilog to engage the foul-mouthed president in a word war.

We suspect some of those 46 politicians in the list could be really engaged in illegal drugs trade.

They should be prosecuted and prevented from being elected into public office; it’s a mockery of the law if they are paid by the taxpayers’ money and yet they promote and benefit from the destruction of those hooked on prohibited substance.

But the innocent should be spared from blatant and perpetual humiliation.

There’s no spare parts for a damaged reputation.

The author, who is now based in New York City, used to be the editor of two local dailies in Iloilo.

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