Nawala si Mayor! ‘Uncle Joe’ a no-show at Iloilo City quake drill


Now it can be told: Health problems caused Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III’s no-show at the first quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill in the city last Feb. 21.

Espinosa did not attend last week’s earthquake drill and was represented by City Administrator Atty. Hernando Galvez.

The mayor attributed his absence to “unforeseen health events,” saying he had a high fever but adding he was still in his office at about 1:30 p.m., half an hour before the start of the drill (

Espinosa said he was advised by doctors to rest, but insisted he checked and monitored the drill.

Some 8,000 people took part in the “Duck, Cover and Hold” drill that simulated a magnitude-8.2 quake in various parts of the city.

The new Dinagyang Grandstand served as the ceremonial venue of the activity. Other key areas included the Iloilo City Hall, John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University, SM City, Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park, and the Iloilo Mission Hospital.

Following the drill, Espinosa said he wants to enhance the interagency communication.