By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News
President Rodrigo Duterte again mentioned the inclusion of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog in his narco list, this time identifying him as a cousin of Liberal Party leader Senator Franklin Drilon.
Duterte's narco list includes the names of hundreds of officials from all branches of government who are somehow involved in the illegal drug trade in the country.
“Naay mayor ug mga siyudad. Ang usa diha ig-agaw pa ni Drilon. Si Mayor Mabilog sa Iloilo City, ug daghan pa (There are city mayors. One of them is a cousin of Drilon. He is Mayor Mabilog of Iloilo City. and more),” Duterte said.
Drilon is a party mate of Senator Leila De Lima, a staunch critic of Duterte who was nabbed on Friday on drug charges.
Drilon, however, is a member of the majority coalition in the Senate led by Duterte's party mate Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III.
Duterte was speaking during the turnover rites of a drug rehabilitation facility in Davao del Norte when he made the remarks.
Mabilog’s name was included in Duterte’s initial list of drug personalities.
The Iloilo mayor has denied Duterte’s allegations.
Duterte also again named an elected official of Cebu as part of the drug list.
“I've named him before, and I'll name him again. Si Rama. Governor sa Cebu. Protektor eh," he said.
He was referring to former Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama who already denied that he was a coddler of drug dealers. —NB, GMA News