BY CRIS DIAZ
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Deputy House Speaker and Congressman Rufus Rodriguez received death threats from an unidentified texter Sunday.
Rodriguez made the disclosure Monday as the regional Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau Investigation (NBI) dispatched operatives to track down the possible suspects whose text messages were reportedly traced to Koronadal, South Cotabato.
Lt. Col. Aaron Mandea, the city’s police chief here, said that the intelligence operatives traced the origin of the text messages after Rodriguez reported the threat Sunday.
“Bilang na ang araw mo. Isang bala ka lang. Di mo kaya ang taga tabok,”(Your days are numbered. One bullet is enough for you. You can’t intimidate people from the other side).“The police intelligence unit is now working to identify the possible suspects,” Mandea said.Rodriguez said that he received the text messages through his personal mobile phone Sunday morning.
“My family were apprehensive, especially that the unidentified suspects who a lobbed a dodge grenade to our ancestral house in Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro City on September 29, 2021 remains at large,” Rodriguez said.
He said that he has not gotten into conflict with anybody since elected and served as public servant for the last 12 years.
Rodriguez told the law enforcers that two unidentified suspects riding tandem followed their campaign trail last week before receiving the threat Sunday.
With two weeks more before the local election in May 9, Rodriguez, a reelectionist for Congress remains the top choice among candidates in Cagayan de Oro’s second district. -0-