Sunday, July 21, 2019

Tuba mayor unfazed by death threats

UNFAZED. Tuba Mayor Ignacio Rivera stays calm amid the threats he received via text messages in the past week. (Photo by Jean Nicole Cortes)

TUBA Mayor Ignacio Rivera is not alarmed by the recent threats he received through text messages on March 19, adding he is only doing his job as a government worker.

Rivera said it was his first time to receive threats in his first term as mayor. He had also served as barangay kagawad and municipal councilor.

"San tayo nga mabuteng ta ararmiden tayo laeng ti trabaho tayo. (We are not afraid. We are just doing are job)," said the mayor.

He opted not to comment on speculations that it was politically motivated.

Last Tuesday, the chief executive sought the help of the Tuba Municipal Police Station (MPS) after receiving the death threats.

On March 22, the Benguet Provincial Police met with the mayor and Chief Inspector James Acod, Tuba MPS chief, to discuss the threat and possible detailing of security from the Philippine National Police.

Senior Superintendent Lyndon Mencio, Benguet Provincial Police Office director, said they were conducting thorough investigation.

“Our investigators is working 24 hours. We have downgrade death threats since it is relayed through texts, however we are not discounting the possibility that it might be real and we are adding additional security so that he could be secured because we don't know if it’s real or its just plain text especially now that it is time of election," added Mencio.

But based on their latest findings, he said somebody was just trying to make even with his problem with the mayor.

Mencio relayed they are seeing other angles and have persons of interests. However he opted not to disclose the matter so as not to pre-empt the ongoing investigation.


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