THE Court of Appeals (CA) upheld a ruling by the Ombudsman dismissing Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick
Mabilog from service over unexplained wealth.
The CA junked Mabilog’s petition for certiorari for technicality.
The CA said Mabilog appealed his case using a wrong mode of appeal.
The mayor used Rule 65 of the Rules of Court, which is a petition for certiorari instead of
Rule 43. which is petition for review on certiorari.
“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. As the current petition for certiorari
is concededly an erroneous mode of review, its dismissal is in order,” it stated.
The case stemmed from a complaint filed by Michael Mejorada, which attached the 2013 Statement
of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) of Mabilog, showing his net worth rose by over P8.981-
Mabilog has been tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as one of the mayors in his narco-list of
politicians allegedly involved in illegal drugs.