Monday, September 18, 2017

Iloilo city mayor Mabilog also indicted for graft - Ombudsman

Iloilo Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog (ctto)

Manila, Philippines - On Monday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales indicted the Iloilo City Mayor, Jed Patrick Mabilog for alleged graft or violation of Republic Act 3019 in connection with a supposed irregular transaction in 2015.

Mabilog, who was earlier accused by President Rodrigo Duterte of being involved in illegal drugs, will face trial before the Sandiganbayan with Plaridel Nava II, a city councilor who was also involved in the said case.

According to a report, on April 8, 2014, the city councilor approved an ordinance incorporating the use of a wheel towing clamp as part of its towing ordinance.

The council passed a resolution on February 17, 2015 that gave Mabilog the go signal to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between the local government and 3L Towing services to start the implementation of the city’s clamping ordinance.

Under the said agreement, the 70 percent of fines to be collected will go to the towing services, whle 30 percent is for the local government of Iloilo City.

On the same month, February 25, 2015, Mabilog made an urgent letter to inform the councilors of the suspension of the said agreement due to “some technical issues.”

Then on May 19, 2015, the 3L proprietor wrote to Mabilog and offered to withdraw from the deal “amidst the legal issues confronting it and submit to legal processes prescribed by laws on government bidding and procurement.”

Later on, Nava (committee on transportation chairperson) accused Mabilog of owning the towing company and that the latter had direct financial interest in the agreement.

“Mabilog allegedly employed his services to perpetuate and consummate his illegitimate, immoral, dishonest and underground acts and transactions with private groups and corporate personalities doing or intending to do business in the city of Iloilo by using his power and influence as the chief executive of the city government,” says the Ombudsman, quoting Nava.

In a counter-charged, Mabilog said that it was Nava who had interest in 3L because it was him who mentioned about it.

Morales said, though both parties pointed at each other, ““simply put, there was a meeting of the minds between them to do an illegal act and thus they must both suffer its consequences.”

Mabilog, however is currently on sick leave until end of September due to diabetes and out of the country.