“A traitor is everyone who does not agree with me.” – George III of the United Kingdom
NEW YORK CITY – Who is the Judas Escariot of Iloilo City in the Philippines?
This question has been buzzing ever since the erratic President Rodrigo R. Duterte placed both Iloilo City and Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog figuratively in the shooting range for being “the most shabulized city” and “narco-politician” respectively.
With no evidence to show to sustain his serious allegations, President Duterte had caused so much panic and confusion over his repeated attacks on the reticent city mayor that boggled the minds of the Ilonggos.
Ilonggos have been asking: Who has been feeding the president with wrongful information about Iloilo City and Mayor Mabilog? Who is the Judas Iscariot who sold Iloilo City and Mayor Mabilog for several pieces of silver to the angry and unpredictable President Duterte?
Judas Iscariot was one of the 12 original disciples of Jesus Christ and son of Simon Iscariot, according to the New Testament.
Judas was known for the kiss and betrayal of Jesus to the Sanhedrin for 30 silver coins.
In his recent Facebook account, Marivic Mabilog, the mayor’s wife, posted an undated photo of President Duterte listening to a lady apparently talking across the table. Sitting beside the lady was Iloilo City Councilor Jeffrey Ganzon. Several others were also present.
“Guessing time. What do you think Jeffrey Ganzon is telling Digong about Digong’s unfair comments and misconceptions of Iloilo City?” screamed the photo’s caption on Mrs. Mabilog’s Facebook account.
Ganzon was reported several months back to have been appointed by the President as his “point man” for Iloilo City.
Although Mrs. Mabilog did not accuse anyone of being a “Judas”, the caption ostensibly was pregnant with many interpretations.
Because of bizarre events that transpired in the past few weeks that prompted Mabilog to take a leave, we can’t blame the Doubting Thomases and political pessimists to make their own independent conclusions.
Based on that photo alone, however, it’s premature to conclude that Ganzon is the Real McCoy in the game of political intrigues.
Even before Ganzon was given the “point man” portfolio, Duterte was already hot after Mabilog’s heels after the President had falsely accused the city mayor of being the “cousin of (slain drug lord) Melvin Odicta.”
Mabilog is the second cousin of opposition senator, Franklin Drilon, not Odicta.
Being one of those privileged individuals who can break bread and engage the President in a tete-a-tete on political issues and otherwise, Ganzon must have told the President about how great Iloilo City is and how efficient and competent are its elected officials.
Ganzon and President Duterte must have talked more about “other matters” and not just purely politics. That “other matters” must be something else and not about accusing someone of being engaged in protection racket and enriching himself while in political power.
As an Ilonggo elected official and son of the late illustrious former senator and three-time city mayor Rodolfo “Roding” Ganzon, Councilor Ganzon certainly can’t afford to betray the city that made him and his family famous.
We’re giving Councilor Ganzon the benefit of the doubt.