Rioting for the death of his friend and political ally, Ronda Mayor Mariano Blanco, Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III, expressed his deep concern about the fact that murderers can strike anywhere, anytime.
"Akong na notice dili after galing mo pili og lugar Bisag asa after long (I have noticed that suspects no longer choose areas, they simply kill wherever they want.) They strike anytime, anywhere," said Davide, who is also chairman. is from the Regional Council for Peace and Order (RPOC).
"I was shocked when I heard the news about the murder of Mayor Blanco, and I condemn in the strongest terms the brutal murder of Mayor Noni Blanco, who is a friend and an ally, right in his own office in the town hall," Davide said. to reporters during a press conference.
Cebu City Councilor Jerry Guardo shared similar sentiments as Davide said: "bisan asa ka, bisan naa ka sa balay or sa opisina, pwede ka ma-target (wherever you are, at home or in the office, you can just be a target)."
The governor said Blanco told him that days after the murder of Blanco's cousin, former Ronda Deputy Mayor and lawyer Jonah John Ungab had received death threats last February.
"At the time, he was really worried about the personal safety of sa iyang, so far, mao bitaw dili kaayo may arian si mayor Blanco diri cebu city, adto na siya maghigdaan sa iyang opisina," he said.
The late mayor was publicly tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as one of the alleged narco-politicians in 2016.
Davide said he had no knowledge or information about Blanco's alleged involvement in illegal drugs.
"As far as I know to my best knowledge and information, mayor Blanco wala man to siya ma-involve any illegal activity, especially illegal drugs," he said.
Guardo also said that he knew Blanco personally and that Blanco was a good businessman. I do not see him involved in drug activities. He is very dedicated to serving Ronda. "
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Guardo said that Cebu is no longer safe, because even in a public office everyone can be killed if someone is being marginalized.
Cebu city councilor Sisinio Andales for his part said Cebu is no longer safe because lawyers, PDEA agents, elected officials have died in recent months.
He said that many elected officials such as Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot are already afraid to be exposed in public for fear of being murdered.
But according to Cebu City, Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, Cebu City is still safe for citizens who have kept to law. But he urged the National Bureau of Investigation and the police to look beyond the involvement of drugs when investigating the murder of Blanco.
Other local administrators of Cebu expressed their sadness at the death of their co-government official.
"It is very sad to hear that a fellow mayor has died, I pray for him and his family of relatives, and I am sure the right authorities will look at the circumstances of his death," said Argao Mayor Stanley Caminero.
"It's something to worry about, people are being killed, even mayors," said Mayor Mariano Martinez of the city of San Remigio.
In the meantime Davide sent the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) and the NBI a quick investigation of the case.
"This is the first tingale sa Cebu nga in less than a year a vice mayor unya nawad-an na pud sila og (and now they have lost them) mayor, naunsa naman ni (What happens)?" Davide said.
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