Iloilo mayor vows simple Dinagyang program if Duterte visits


No epal.

This was the promise of Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III, if President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to grace the Dinagyang Festival.

Espinosa, who replaced Jed Patrick Mabilog, said the opening will just include the singing of the national anthem and a prayer before he declares Dinagyang open.

There will be no speeches by local officials, with only Duterte allowed to give one – if he so wishes, he added (

Dinagyang is secheduled on the fourth Sunday of January 2018.

Espinosa also shunned hanging welcome tarpaulins bearing his name in front of the grandstand.

Meanwhile, Espinosa created a special committee headed by City Administrator Hernando Galvez to secure the event. The committee will coordinate arrangements with the Office of the President.