Iloilo City mayor urges PNP, NBI to investigate online death threat

Published May 29, 2021, 12:39 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — Mayor Jerry Treñas here is urging the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate an online death threat.

Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City. (Jerry Treñas Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

“I am already coordinating with the PNP and the NBI regarding this. I will file any and such cases as may be warranted under the circumstances,” said Treñas in a statement Saturday.

A comment was made on a Facebook post of local radio station Aksyon Radyo Iloilo by a man with the account name of Arnold Delmoro, who offered P25 million to anyone who can assassinate Treñas.

But Delmoro’s  Facebook account has been hacked almost two weeks prior to the comment attributed to him.

“Do not entertain anything being asked on my behalf,” Delmoro said in a May 17 post.

For the mayor, the death threat is untimely as the city is grappling to control the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

“As we try to recover from this pandemic, let us refrain from the negativities. Let us help each other,” Treñas said.

“It is very disheartening to see accounts being hacked and writing comments like this as we try to do the best to serve our beloved Ilonggos. I have been serving the public for decades and this is the first time I have seen a death threat as vulag as this,” Treñas added.