While La Castellana Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan brushed aside death threats she has been receiving through text messages for two years now, the Philippine National Police in Negros Occidental is not taking chances.
Chief Inspector Irma Teoxon, La Castellana police chief, yesterday said she was instructed by Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, to tighten the security of Mayor Mangilimutan.
Teoxon said they are now tracing the phone numbers being used in relaying the death threats, the latest of which was on July 6, that warned Mangilimutan that she would be next to be killed after Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili of Batangas and General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote of Nueva Ecija.
Mangilimutan was accompanied yesterday by Board Member Salvador Escalante in a meeting with Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, after the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
Teoxon said she was also ordered by Senior Supt. Castil to give special attention to the reported death threats against Mangilimutan, who used to be a police officer, and is also married to a police official.
The Negros Occidental Association of Chief Executives and provincial chapter of League of Municipalities of the Philippines asked the PNP to protect them from violence, after the killing of local government officials in the country.
The numerous death threats against Mangilimutan were also raised and discussed during recent joint Negros ACE and LMP meeting, presided over by Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca.
Mangilimutan also said there are repeated attempts to link her and her brother, La Castellana Councilor White Nicor, to narco-politics, by somebody, whom she did not identify. If we are included in the list and classified as high value targets, we should have been target of the operations even before, she said.
She dismissed it as plain and simple harassment.
“I believe that majority of the people of La Castellana know who we are” Mangilimutan, who succeeded her father as the town mayor, said.
Teoxon said she already recommended that a COMPAC (Community Police Unit) station be activated near the residence of Mayor Mangilimutan.
In making a narco-list, Mangilimutan said it is not just the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency that will do it, it is a collaborative effort of all security-related government agencies.
She reiterated that it will be the people of La Castellana, who will protect her from any harm.*GPB
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