Alleged Iloilo narco mayor denies lavish lifestyle

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 31) — Drug trade-linked Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog insisted he has nothing to hide, as President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a lifestyle check on him.

"I have nothing to hide. My house, while often described as a palace, is not quite a palace... It is not as big as pictures would make it appear," he said in a statement posted on Facebook on Wednesday.

Mabilog, who is included in the  government's list of alleged narcopoliticians, owns a palace-like house, Duterte said. The President added the mayor must be part of a rich family.

Mabilog clarified the land where his house sits is an inherited ancestral home.

He also said he and his wife owned a number of businesses and investments before he joined politics, adding his wife worked abroad to help finance the family.

Mabilog assured Duterte his home and lifestyle are not funded by the money of the public.

"I didn't become rich because of politics, much unlike many politicians.... I can assure the President not a single centavo of dirty money was spent for this home," he said.

Duterte has said he asked the National Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Internal Revenue to inspect Mabilog's house.

The President has warned the Iloilo City mayor to cut off all his alleged drug connections. Earlier this week, Duterte assigned bemedaled Ozamiz City police chief Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido to Iloilo City.