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Vargas politikos in QC receive death threat

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Tensions have ratcheted up in Quezon City’s fifth district in the final stretch of the campaign, with Rep. Alfred Vargas and his brother, Councilor Patrick Michael “PM” Vargas, revealing that they had received a death threat.

The threat came in the form of bullets sent to PM’s district office on May 2, they said in a press conference on Tuesday evening.

PM, who is running for Quezon City representative, said the bullets were delivered in a box that bore his name.

He shared CCTV footage of the delivery.

But he said he remains unfazed by this threat, the first he has ever received, and stressed that he would not back down from the race.

“Hindi po ako magpapatakot sa ganitong klaseng pulitika. Tuloy ang ating laban. Tuloy ang ating pagtulong sa tao. Tuloy ang ating paninidigan para sa maayos at maprinsipyong Novaliches. Hindi po natin hahayaang dumanak ang karahasan, lalo na’t buhay ng ating pamilya ang nakataya sa usapang ito,” he said.

Alfred, who is running for councilor, also disclosed that he and his brother received offers from emissaries to back out of the race in exchange for hundreds of millions of pesos.

But they rejected these, he said.

“Ni minsan hindi namin naisip ikompromiso ang aming dangal at ang aming prinsipyo,” he said.

He said the threat was made after they refused to withdraw.

“Nang hindi nila kami makuha sa pera, dinaan naman nila kami ngayon sa paninindak. Umabot na sa puntong ito na nagkaroon ng banta sa aming buhay,” he said.

But he and his brother would not be intimidated, he said.

They would not leave the people of the fifth district, he added.