- A tarpaulin with a death threat was seen at a skyway in Cebu
- The threat seem to deliver a warning that a former Cebu Mayor is “next”
- One of the faces marked with “X” was killed on February 19, 2018
A tarpaulin showing an alarming graphic warning was hanged at a skyway in Cebu.
It showed a group photo taken in 2016 with the Cebu City ex-mayor Michael Rama in the center during an oath taking of members of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party.
The two others on the tarpaulin are the late Albuera town Mayor Rolando “Daddy Onik” Espinosa and the late Vice Mayor of Ronda town Jonnah John Ungab, the lawyer of Espinosa’s son Kerwin — a self-confessed drug lord, according to ABS CBN News.
Incidentally, the faces marked with red spray paint were those of Espinosa and Ungab who were killed on separate incidents; Espinosa while in jail last year, while Ungab was ambushed just last Monday, February 19. They were marked with “X” in the tarpaulin, while Rama’s face was encircled with the same paint and had a text that read “Ikaw ang sunod [You are next]”.
The Cebu City police force is now conducting an investigation to identify the persons responsible for the “Death Threat Tarpaulin” that presented Cebu City ex-mayor Michael Rama as the next target of an ‘implied’ assassination plot.
The Pardo Police Station has already been ordered by Senior Supt. Joel Doria to lead the probe since the threatening tarpaulin was placed on a skywalk.
The tarpaulin was already put down by Rama’s men on Friday morning.
Rama said in an interview that there’s only one person who wants to get rid of him, but he chose not to disclose the name of his suspect for lack of evidence.
“That person, for a long time now, wanted to destroy me. The more he wanted to do it now that I announced my intent to seek a government position in 2019,” he said.
Rama made his decision public to run as mayor of Cebu City in 2019 in a press conference on Friday morning. However, he didn’t drop the possibility of seeking other positions such as congressman or vice-mayor.
He first became a mayor of Cebu City in 2010, was reelected in 2013 before he lost to Tomas Osmeña in 2016.
According to the Inquirer, Rama was also one of those identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as among the alleged illegal drug protectors in the country—which Rama denied.