Dismissal of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog affirmed by the Court of Appeals

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The Court of Appeals (CA) have reaffirmed the Office of the Ombudsman’s decision to dismiss the controversial Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

Mabilog is one of the names on the list of President Rodrigo Duterte’s  “narco-politicians.”

In a four-page resolution of the CA Special 1st Division written by Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando, it is indicated that Mabilog’s plea to reverse the Ombudsman’s order for his removal from office have been dismissed.

According to Philippine Star, the magistrates noted that Mabilog could have based his petition on Rule 43 of the Rules of Court. This rule on scope allows an appellant to question a ruling by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Instead, Mabilog and his legal team cited Rule 65 used to question lower court orders and government action before the Supreme Court.

“Mabilog’s case, involving as it does an administrative charge resulting in his dismissal from service, does not fall under any of the foregoing circumstance,” the CA resolution read.

Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando penned the resolution while Acting Presiding Justice Remedios Salazar-Fernando and Justice Zenaida Galapate-Laguilles concurred.

On October 6, the Ombudsman issued a dismissal order against Mabilog for his unexplained wealth.

The Ombudsman said Mabilog was found guilty of “serious dishonesty relative to his unlawful acquisition of wealth.”

Mabilog filed a leave of absence on September 11 to seek medical attention abroad and has not returned since.