Narra Vice Mayor Crispin Lumba, Jr. claimed on Thursday he has been facing a death threat due to his filing of graft charges against the town’s mayor, Gerandy Danao.
In an interview with Palawan News, Lumba pointed to a Facebook account of a user named Pam Yho which posted a photo of his grandchildren with a caption “Shoot to kill sa mga apo ni vice.”
Lumba shared the post on his Facebook account, with a screenshot of a thumbnail inset indicating its owner is linked to an email address “email@example.com”.
Mayor Danao is often called by those close or familiar with him with the nickname Noty.
Lumba however said he is not accusing anybody of being behind the death threat against him. He also had not reported the supposed death threat to the police for blotter.
Lumba has been facing stiff criticisms online following the Narra municipal council’s move early this week to file an administrative complaint against Danao for alleged graft before the Provincial Board.
Danao has dismissed the complaints as political harassment.
Danao denies role
In a separate phone interview with Palawan News, Mayor Danao shrugged off the insinuation that he is the owner of a Facebook account harassing Lumba.
Danao claimed he has no social media account and does not even know how to use Facebook specifically.
“Bakit ako gagawa ng ganun e hindi nga ako marunong mag-Facebook. Wala nga akong Facebook account,” Danao said.
Lumba cries foul
Meanwhile, Lumba deplored the criticisms he has been receiving from netizens over the filing of the case against Danao. He vowed that he and the town Council will explain their side soon.
“Gusto sana namin sagutin ang lahat ng mga issues kaya nga lang may development. May mga nadamay na na hindi dapat madamay. Ang worst kasi nito nakaraang gabi pa may mga death threat na akong natatanggap tapos kagabi sa dalawang apo ko na. Which is masyado ng kino-complicate ang problema,” he said.
“Ako po ay nakikiusap. Ako po ay nananahimik sa lahat ng pambabatikos niyo sa akin. Kahit walang basehan at katotohanan na mga paratang dahil ako ay naniniwala sa malayang pamamahayag ng opinyon at paniniwala pero para idamay niyo pa po ang aking pamilya lalo na ang mga batang ito na walang kamalay malay hindi na ito makatarungan. Para hikayatin na sila ay patayin. Tao pa po ba kayo?” he added.