Mayor to PNP: Probe threat versus priest

DUMAGUETE CITY – Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has ordered City Chief-of-Police Supt. Jonathan Pineda to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation on the unconfirmed report of the alleged threat to the life of Father Sulpicio Vincoy.

“The investigation, in cooperation with other law enforcement agen- cies, should establish the validity and seriousness of the matter with the end view of protecting Fr. Vincoy’s person,” Mayor Remollo stressed.

Remollo also told police to trace the source of the unconfirmed threat claims. Certain political rivals could likely be among the persons in in- terest who might make good the threat in order to destroy Remollo politically.

Earlier Father Vincoy allegedly com- plaint that he has received death threats from un- known persons. But he did not specify who, how, and why the threat was made.

Mayor Remollo added that “as good Chris- tians with high regard of the Church, Father Vincoy must be able to preach and perform his ministry free from threats or intimida- tion,” which is not consis- tent with the way of life in the City of Gentle People.

He also instructed Pineda to immediately pre- pare an elaborate security plan with consultation and consent of Father Vincoy to ensure his safety and well- being.

Remollo also offered legal assistance for Fr Vincoy who is a staunch advocate of the anti- sanitatry landfill in candau- ay, the adjacent village of Camanjac the parish of Vincoy.

Just recently, the De- partment of Environment and Natural Resources has endorsed for the approval of funding of the Safe Clo- sure and Rehabilitation Plan of the city dumpsite endorsed by all the mem- bers of the City Council that included the estab- lishment of a sanitary landfill in Barangay Candau-ay.

For his part, Coun- cilor Alan Gel Cordova denounced any threats out of desperation of per- sons in inerest and cast doubt whether threats will come from the ad- ministration that is known to be benevolent and a rigid follower of the rule of law.

On the other hand, Councilor Manuel Arbon cried foul over insinua- tions that Fr. Vincoy’s threats could be related to his opposition to the establishment of a sani- tary landfill in Barangay Candau-ay. He sees no need for those proposing for a sanitary landfill to threaten anyone, particu- larly when most if not all of the City Councilor have approved the project and has been fa- vorable reviewed and endorsed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Councilor Karissa Tolentino-Maxino said that those who are propos- ing for the establishment of a sanitary landfill have eloquently argued in favor of the proposition and de- feated the arguments of those in the opposition. Hence, it is incredible, for those on the winning side to threaten those who lost the argument.

“If it is so easy for persons in interest to ac- cuse those in favor of the sanity landfill of threaten- ing him, but the propo- nents can also take the same liberty to accuse him of fabricating the allega- tion as part of a move to divert the attention of the public. He added that just because he is a priest doesn’t make him infal- lible.”

Councilor Joe Ken- neth Arbas said that he sees no reason for threats to be directed against Fr. Vincoy since his opposi- tion never derailed or frus- trated the implementation of the proposed sanitary landfill.