Mayor Ernesto Reyes ofGuihulngan City in Negros Oriental has requested for a police escort afterreceiving serious death threats over an alleged unequal distribution of relief goods toearthquake victims.
PNP provincial director Sr. Supt. Edward Carranza has instructed the chief of police, Senior Insp. Alvin Futalan to assign two police escort toReyes. Thepolice escorts will secure the mayor during his activities especially during distribution of relief goods in far-flung areas in Guihulngan.
Carranza said it is their duty to respond to the request of the mayor, being a public official.
He added that the death threats on the mayor came afterreports came out that Reyes was hoarding the relief goods and that he only gives relief goods to his political supporters.
Reports in the social networking sites also said that people in Guihulngan are begging for food and water, because the mayor is allegedly playing politics in the distribution of relief goods.
Carranza said they will ask Reyes to be extra careful during his activities, especially in going to secluded areas where security might be at risk.
He said he also believes that the criticism and negative attacks against the mayor are part of the situation, since the people in Guihulngan are still dependent on relief aid.
Reyes admitted in an interview that all relief goods are stored in his residence for proper documentation and distribution. He added that he wanted to personally distribute the relief goods, because he wants his people to see that their mayor is concerned.
He denied the allegations that he is playing politics in the distribution of relief goods as these arebeing given to the earthquake victims.
Reyes also said the death threats and the criticism cannot stop him from serving the people of his town.*MA
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