Duterte orders lifestyle check on Iloilo City mayor

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The President said Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog wants to have a word with him. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 30) — The President on Wednesday ordered a lifestyle check on Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog, due to his alleged links to the drug trade.

"I have some lifestyle check on him, his house is like a palace. And, sabi ko, anak siguro ito ng mayamang-mayaman [I said, maybe he's the son of a very rich man,]" Duterte said during his speech at the oath-taking of Philippine National Police star-rank officers.

Duterte said he has asked the National Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Internal Revenue to inspect Mabilog's house. The mayor has requested for a meeting, the President said.

"Mabilog sent word that he wants to talk to me," he added.

Mabilog is part of government's list of alleged narcopoliticians, and has been warned by Duterte to cut any ties to suspected drug activities.

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But the Iloilo City mayor has denied the allegations, saying that he is willing to subject himself to an investigation.

Earlier this week, Duterte assigned bemedaled Ozamiz City police chief Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido to Iloilo City. Espenido led an anti-drug operation that killed suspected drug lord Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, Sr.. Prior to that, he was police chief in Albuera, Leyte, where the town Mayor Rolando Espinosa, died in a shootout while in his jail cell.

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Mabilog said Monday that he welcomes Espenido's reassignment to his city.

"I am hoping Chief Inspector Espenido can help us fully address our problem with illegal drugs," he said in a statement.