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By Francis Allan L. Angelo

UNLIKE seasoned politicians, Iloilo City Vice Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said he has no intention to cling to power.

This was Mabilog’s reaction to his critics’ claims that he is also a traditional politician what with his numerous posters and token gestures in assisting Iloilo City residents.

If elected, Mabilog, who is 44 years old, said he will serve as city mayor until he reaches age 50.

“I don’t intend to involve our clan in politics,” he said.

Mabilog said there is nothing wrong if he or his supporters hang his banners around Iloilo City.

“Other seasoned politicians hang bigger banners that say nothing. Some of my banners are meant to inform the public of what are my projects for the city,” Mabilog said.

Mabilog said one of his thrusts is to professionalize the city hall workforce “so we can groom future leaders.”

“I am not here to perpetuate myself in power but to serve and help others serve in the future. I am not a trapo (traditional politician) as others are saying because I don’t make politics my source of livelihood. Our family has no intention to put up a political dynasty. The ultimate indication of traditional politics is perpetuation in power,” he said.

Mabilog said he refuses to engage his critics in mudslinging “because that is also a form of traditional politics.”

“I will just talk about my achievements for the city. I will help in whatever way I can and let the people decide,” he added.

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