A photo of embattled Mayor Jed Mabilog of Iloilo City bearing a big cross has been making the rounds online lately, drawing mixed reactions on social media.
Social media blogger Sass Rogando Sasot, a known Duterte supporter and staunch defender on Facebook posted a meme on August 31, 2017 with a short caption ‘dioskodai’ in the wake of Duterte’s speech wherein he asked the NBI to do a lifestyle check on Mayor Mabilog.
The meme shows Mabilog carrying a cross on his shoulder side by side with the photos of Sen. Leila de Lima and Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista in a pious pose, at the time when they were at the center of a embarrassing scandal.
Mayor Jed Mabilog of Iloilo City has been named by President Duterte as one of the narco-politicians in the country 2 months or so after the latter assumed the presidency.
Since then, Mabilog’s photos with alleged drug lord of Iloilo Jing-jing Espinosa has been shared a countless times on Facebook, lending credence to Duterte’s allegation.
Anyway, the photo of Mabilog in a penitent mode has been drawing mixed reactions on Facebook.
Jun Hilario remarked: “Bakit parang parepareho ang style nila???..iisa ang PR??..mayor Jed, huwag kang papasan pasan ng krus lalong iinit ulo sayo ni Espinido…sabadisda yung pulis at galit din pala yun sa baboy, laking problema dahil pinsan mo pati si pigrolac … Condolence nlang, malamang sa malamang sunod n buwan ang headline: isa pang mayor tumba”
Lienohr Cuevas called their action as hypocrisy. “Kaplastikan sa kapwa tao ginagamit ang pangalang kristo kailgtasan ang usap-usapan ngunit ang isipan ay kalaswaan dala ay bibliya buong akala moy santo sa likod ng maskara ay isa palang Diyablo tayo na sa paraiso at wag na nating muli pang balikan ang mga demonyo ay nagkalat na sa ating kapaligiran sila na nais maghasik ng kalagiman sa ating lipunan at kung ikaw ay mahahawa ay lalong lagim ang kahihinatnan lagim ang sasapitin…”
Jojo Limosnero said the antics of the people in the photo no longer works in this day and age. “Ano ba yan, zarzuela, Moro-moro o moriones festival ng mga banal na aso at santong kabayo?!?! Photo op para sabihing maka-diyos. Utang na loob Hindi na yan bumebenta, kung 1980s pa siguro but we are in the digital and space age na sabayan mo pa ng millennial generation. Boom 💥 panes.”
Rhey Ted remarked this is the trademark of LP politicians. “Yan ang trademark ng dilawan kapag nalalapit na mkukulong ay biglang nging relihosot relihosa… Oh di kaya bago cla magnakaw sa pondo ng bayan magdadasal muna cla.”
Meanwhile, a quick google search shows that the photo was taken during the 2016 Holy Week, a month or so before the May 2016 election wherein Mabilog ran for re-election.
Mabilog’s photo carrying a huge cross has been hotly debated among Iloilo City residents on social media. Some accused him of pulling a stunt to get win votes while others defended the Mayor, saying he has been doing this as a ‘panata’. Link here for your reference.
Source: Sass Rogando Sasot