ILOILO City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said threats and assassination attempts against him and his family will not deter him in making public appearances and continue his duty at the City Government.
“I am not afraid of these threats and I am ready to face my Maker if these evil forces succeed. But there is definitely no changes in my public office and if something happened to me, there are many qualified persons to take over,” Treñas said Friday morning at the start of the campaign period for local elective positions.
The Treñas family suffered at least two bomb attempts this month, first at their Carlo’s Bakeshop in Mandurriao district and at the Treñas ancestral house in Molo district. Other incidents of harassment and intimidation were perpetrated against his children, nephews and supporters.
The mayor said the police are investigating the case seriously.
Treñas said his own group decided to hold their campaign kick-off on April 6, 2010 after the Holy Week starting with a 7:00 a.m. mass at the Sta. Maria Parish Church in the city proper.
The city mayor also instructed the city police office to ensure safety and peace and order situation in all terminals and operations starting March 29.
“Iloilo City must be safe during the Holy Week and all churches regardless of denomination must be given police presence to deter lawless elements,” Treñas said.