This episode’s resource person, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog assures the public that this year’s Dinagyang Festival , january 21-22, will be more colorful.
The “Kasadyahan” on the Saturday “will be as colorful” as the Ati-Ati the next day. Kasadyahan will be the competition among “champions of local festivals,” those from the towns of Iloilo Province and the champion of Binirayan, (Antique) Festival.
The child is Dainz Andrei Trasadas, 6, son of Atty. @[1597582602:2048:Atty Dwight Trasadas]
On the “serious” side, Mabilog belies rumors of his fledgling alliance with his successor now Rep. Jerry Trenas. He stressed that their coalition which successfully wrested political control from the Gonzalez family (Raul Sr., former congressman who ran for mayor, and Raul Jr. who ran for reelection against Trenas).
Mabilog says he is “seriously considering” to run for reelection since he has “lots of projects to finish” like a convention center. However, he would also consider the opinion of his group and party. He is the city chair of the Liberal Party.
Trenas (Nacionalista Party) is rumored to move “lower” that is, run for mayor and that means, colliding with Mabilog.
On the more serious. Mabilog decries the a particular critic who has been linking him to corruption. “If more than 80 percent of our constituents are satisfied with my performance, there are still 20 percent or more who remains dissatisfied,” he said.
“I don’t want to repeat the error of past administrations,” Mabilog says. “All my transactions have underwent consultation with the Commission on Audit, referring to the latest issue hurled against him about the P4 million worth of Christmas gifts the city distributed to indigents which his critic claims to be “overpriced”.
Mabilog declined to name that critic but he described him as “not even a resident of the city…who merely rents a house”, apparently referring to columnist Manuel Mejorada who is identified with businessman and Iloilo Press Club president Rommel Ynion.
“My critic is irresponsible. He did not consider that the disgtribution of those gifts involved incidental expenses like withholding tax, cost of transportation and bagging,” Mabilog explains. “We hired people to bag those goods.”
(After the show, we repaired to the Airliner, a resto at the Old Airport, Mandurriao, Iloilo City for lunch on “pritson manok” (chicken roasted and fried), “tinuum” native chicken, soup number 5, and steamed fresh shrimps. The pics below were taken before the delivery of our orders.)
After the talk show, we repaired to the Airliner, a resto at the Old Airport, Mandurriao, Iloilo city