Bukidnon Paglaum Party asks authorities to beef up security for candidates amid reported threats

The Bukidnon Paglaum Party (BPP) has asked authorities to beef up security for candidates running for various positions this May 2022. This, amid alleged death threats issued against a few of the candidates running under the BPP banner.

BPP President Manuel “Manoy” Zubiri, who’s running for Bukidnon Governor and currently the Bukidnon 3rd District Congressman, said that while their group also has measures in place to ensure the safety of their candidates, they also want to appeal to the Bukidnon police and other authorities to help them.

“I believe that no evil will triumph especially if we pray and continue to work and prove that we only want the best for our brothers and sisters,” Zubiri said.

Zubiri said that he himself has been busy working and handing out “ayuda.”

“We still have so much to do. Gas prices are up. There’s a crisis in Ukraine. Many of our kababayans still need assistance. Let’s help as much as we can and please, let’s always pray,” Zubiri added.

Reports indicate that some electoral candidates have received various kinds of threats including physical harm. One of those identified to have received a threat is Malaybalay City Mayor Jay Warren Pabillaran, who replaced Florencio Flores, Jr., who recently passed away. No details about the alleged threat have been made public.

Meanwhile, the father and son tandem of incumbents Bukidnon Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri, Jr. and Manoy Zubiri plan to switch seats. The two Zubiris are set to switch positions – Manoy will run for the gubernatorial seat while his 81-year-old father will take over his congressional seat.

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