Duterte warns politicians threatening Batocabe family

January 04, 2019
Rodrigo R. Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has  warned politicians against threatening the family of slain AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe.

Without mentioning names, Duterte issued the warning when he visited Albay.

“Maski nung pumunta ako ng Albay, sabi ko p*t*ng*n* mo ‘pag mayroong isang... mayroon naman talagang tatakbong relative, the wife or the son, do not (threaten),” Duterte said during the birthday party of his former political adviser Francis Tolentino in Tagaytay City.

“Kasi pag ginawa mo p*t*ng*n* mo, sampalin kita diyan sa munisipyo. You want to try it? Sige, bukas andoon ako ‘pag hindi kita nilampaso diyan,” the President added.

Duterte made the statement hours after the Philippine National Police tagged Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo as the mastermind behind Batocabe’s slaying.

Baldo allegedly hired seven gunmen to kill the lawmaker, his supposed opponent in this year’s midterm elections.

The Daraga mayor, however, denied the allegations and asserted his innocence.

Justin Batocabe, son of the slain lawmaker, said their family would stay in politics, seeing it as the “best way to get back” at his father’s killers.

Batocabe’s widow, Gertie, is open to thinking about running for mayor in Daraga town, in place of her husband.

“It’s to show them that despite this, we are strong and we are still ready to serve, we will give everything that we have for the people,” Justin Batocabe said.