Unidentified men issue 'death threats' vs outgoing Cebu City councilor Jun Gabuya

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UNIDENTIFIED men reportedly wrote death threats outside the house of outgoing Cebu City Councilor Eugenio "Jun" Gabuya Jr. in Barangay Cogon-Pardo on Monday, May 2, 2022.

Gabuya told reporters Tuesday, May 3, that despite the threats, he is not afraid since it is clear that the incident was "politically motivated" even though he already reached his term limit as city councilor.

Gabuya is currently a member of the opposition Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan.

"Well, it is obvious kung imohang tan-awon, usa gyud na sa mga buhat sa pagpanghadlok aron i-suppress ang pag botar sa mga kandidate nga limpyo, ligdong, ug angayan sa katungdanan," said Gabuya.

But even though he is not a candidate, Gabuya said he still considers the threat as “clearly political” since other BOPK members were being targeted with the same modus operandi.

"First of all, wala ko ni dagan pero the same pattern ni with the last election, ang naka deperensya kay dugay nila gihimo," said Gabuya.

Gabuya also clarified that he is not actively participating in BOPK's campaign sorties to avoid misconceptions that he is still running this election.

According to Gabuya, he only found out about the incident on Tuesday morning, May 3, after his neighbors informed him that there were unidentified men who wrote the words "Kill Jun" at the wall outside his house.

His neighbors claimed that the unidentified men then pulled out firearms and started discharging them after writing the threats on his wall before leaving.

Gabuya further said that he had an idea of the persons behind the threat but chose not to disclose it.

In a separate interview, Marilou Paredes, the acting election supervisor of Comelec Cebu City South District, said that the city is still not placed under Comelec's hotspot or areas of concern.

Paredes said that they are dependent on the recommendation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) if it is necessary to place the city under the election hotspot.

The election officer also assured the public and candidates that the PNP is ready if any election-related violence will surface a few days before the election. (IRT)

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