‘Jed is innocent’

The wife of former Iloilo City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog insisted that there is no truth to accusations hurled against her husband by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“I know that Jed is innocent.  Had Jed been guilty of the accusations, I would have been the person who would demand that he be persecuted,” said Ma. Victoria “Marivic” Mabilog in her Facebook post.

“My love for the father of my children does not include a blind devotion to any of his follies,” she added.

According to Marivic, Jed is “someone who will not trade power and convenience for a deal with the devil.”

“It takes some extra strength, an unshakable faith and indomitable spirit to repudiate the temptations, harassment and bullying of the most powerful person in the country,” she said.

On Friday last week, March 15, Duterte made public the names of 45 alleged narco officials, including Jed.

The President first tagged Mabilog as a drug protector in 2016.

Jed, Marivic and their two children left the country in August 2017 for security reasons. Their whereabouts remained unknown.

Duterte questioned the US Embassy in the Philippines how Jed managed to leave the country.

“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… naghingi kayo ng listahan, binigay ko sa ambassador niyo so that Filipino addicts who’d go there only to destroy your country will be denied visas,” he said during the National Peace and Order Council meeting in Davao City.

“I think I remember I gave you a copy and the name of this mayor, because he’s a fame whore, was there definitely. Now I’m asking bakit nandyan sa Amerika if indeed he is in America,” he added.

In her previous Facebook post, Marivic lambasted Duterte for attacking Jed anew.

“You never brought any drug-related case against Jed because you have nothing on him. Despite having the full control and disposal of intelligence funds and resources, you came up empty against Jed. Nada. Zero. Zilch,” she said.

“You think by continually shaming him (Jed) and lying about him you will do him damage. But Jed’s shield and armour are the truths you refuse to acknowledge. The harder you hit the truth, the more sparkling and stronger it becomes,” Marivic further said.

Jed was dismissed from public office by the Office of the Ombudsman for unexplained wealth in October 2017.IMT