Baguio City mayor bares threat as PNP assigns guards

January 31, 2013 12:18 pm 

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 31 — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has assigned security escorts to the chief executive of this mountain resort after intelligence reports of threat on his life likely due to political rivalry.

City mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, for more than a decade as public servant here, is known to have no bodyguards while he does his functions for the city.

Now walking with two policemen, Domogan admitted the PNP has verified a threat of an alleged plot to kill him with an offer of P300,000 bounty.

With the threat, Domogan has appealed to all politicians and residents in the area to cooperate and maintain to keep Baguio as the show window in the country of the legacy of peaceful and credible elections.

He said for years, Baguio's very peaceful elections mirrored how the residents value the legacy of the American founders of this former rest and recreation facility of soldiers of the United States of America (USA) serving the far east.

"That legacy was freedom and democracy. And one of the rights sacred to everyone is the right of suffrage which can only be done in a peaceful and orderly elections," he said.

The country's mid-term elections will be held on May 13 when local government officials and senators shall be elected.

Domogan, who is running for re-election under the LAKAS-NUCD party, is being challenged by at least four veteran politicians. (PNA)

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