Former Senate president Franklin Drilon (center) swears in Iloilo City Vice Mayor Jed Mabilog (right) to the Liberal Party. Drilon endorsed the three Js: Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas for Congressman, Mabilog for mayor, and Jamjam Baronda for vice mayor. (Photo by Tara Yap)
By Francis Allan L. Angelo, The Daily Guardian 11.26.2009


‘awkward but necessary’

Photo by Tara Yap

Treñas-Mabilog alliance ‘awkward but necessary’
By Francis Allan L. Angelo of Daily Guardian, 11.25.2009

The political alliance of Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas and Vice Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog looks awkward “but a necessary step” to continue the gains and plans of the present administration.

Treñas and Mabilog formally announced their alliance at the City Mayor’s Office Tuesday morning, ending speculations on their partnership amidst their varied political affiliations.

“My candidate for mayor in the 2010 election is Vice Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog,” Treñas said.

Mabilog replied: “My congressman for 2010 is Mayor Jerry P. Treñas.”
A retinue of their supporters, including former vice mayor Guillermo dela Llana, cheered the pair during their announcement.

Observers and analysts have written the epitaph of the Treñas-Mabilog alliance after they chose to join different parties – Treñas is with Nacionalista Party while Mabilog will formally join Liberal Party today.

Senators Manuel Villar of NP and Benigno Simeon Aquino III of LP are the two top contenders for the presidency in the 2010 elections.

Another complication in the Treñas-Mabilog tie-up is their choices for vice mayor and councilors.

Treñas endorsed his brother-in-law Councilor Jose Espinosa III while Mabilog’s running mate is Councilor Julienne Baronda.

They also have their own slates for City Council seats.
Treñas’ group is composed of Roberto Divinagracia, Edward Yee, Johnny Young and reelectionist city councilor Nielex Tupas. The mayor said he might field seven bets for councilor.
Mabilog’s council bets are reelectionist city councilor Lyndon Acap, Rleonie Geroche, Erlinda Liberiaga, Plaridel Nava, Rodel Fullon-Agado, Joshua Alim and Jory Porquia.
Treñas said the delay in his decision to run for congressman created complications in the completion of a unified slate, particularly the vice mayoral bet, which is already irreversible.
Already, political rivals of Treñas and Mabilog, particularly the group of Sec. Raul M. Gonzalez Sr. said their alliance is precarious and will cause problems come campaign season.

But Treñas said their rivals should not mind their group.

“The other group should worry about their own campaign, not us. We will handle our own group and I hope they can handle their own. These fears about our alliance and group were raised by them, not us,” Treñas said.

Both Treñas and Mabilog said they will carry each other in their respective campaigns next year.

Mabilog said around 70% of his supporters are also rooting for Treñas.
Treñas said politics is the art of possible “and we have done what is thought to be impossible.”

“It’s still triple J wherever you go – Jerry-Jed-Joe (Espinosa) or Jam (Baronda),” he added.

Mabilog said the LP leadership has given clearance to his alliance with the Treñas.
Mabilog will take his membership oath before LP president Franklin Drilon at the Summer House restaurant today.

Treñas said his tandem with Mabilog is necessary to ensure his administration’s vision to make Iloilo City a premiere metropolis by 2015.

“We have done a lot of things together and I believe we can do more. We can only achieve what we envision if there is sustainability and continuity programs. Vice Mayor Mabilog and I share the same vision for the city,” he said.

Mabilog said he has a large shoe to fill in should he win next year.“We will continue what Mayor Treñas has started and I will also do my own share for the city. It would be a big challenge but with my capabilities, I would be able to do my work,” Mabilog said.

To which Treñas replied: “Kung diin ka malipay, suportahan ko ikaw.”


for 2010

Iloilo City Vice Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog announces his candidacy for city mayor in the 2010 elections at the UP Visayas auditorium in Iloilo City Monday. He is joined by his wife Ma. Victoria, daughter Patricia and son Jonathan Felix Miguel.