Among elected public officials in Iloilo, councilor Plaridel Nava is the only one who publicly displays notorious characters as personal bodyguards. That can only serve one purpose: to instill fear in those who might dare oppose him, or earn his ire. But what is more bothersome is that City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog apparently encourages him to do that. Mabilog has come to depend on Nava as his pillar in politics. He routinely designates Nava to serve as OIC-mayor when he travels outside Iloilo City. Nava is number twelve in the council. That’s not because of outstanding talents or abilities. Nava always takes care of Mabilog’s enemies, that’s why. Mabilog sees no problem in Nava being a warlord for as long as he can deliver the goods.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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