By NOEL GODINEZ
BAGUIO CITY — An activist working in a Cordillera province known for it’s unabated political killings was threatened for being “matulungin” (helpful) days before Pres. Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Ronald Gustilo, the provincial coordinator of Makabayan-Abra and the public information officer of Kakailian Salakniban Tay Amin a Nagtaudan (Kastan), received three text messages from 0935-0040176 last night (July 22) threatening his life.
The first text message receied at 9:05 PM read, ““Ka Ronald, kamusta na? kamusta si Ka Maxi? Ingat ingat ka. Kung kanikanino ka tumutulong , e di ka naman taga Abra. Kung pera kailangan mo, tawagan mo ko. Magusap tayo” (Ka Ronald, how are you? How is Ka Maxi? Be careful. You are helping almost anyone, but you are not from Abra. If you need money, pls call me. We can talk).
After a few minutes, Gustilo received a second message that read “alam ko mababasa mo agad tong text ko. Matalino ka, gamitin mo para sa bayan yan hindi para sa mga pulpulitiko at mga komunista” (I know that you will read my message immediately. You are smart, you should use that for the country and not for politicians and the communists).
The third message read, “ ‘Wag ka matakot. Kaibigan kami. Gusto ka naming tulungan,” (Don’t be afraid. We are your friends. We want to help you).
Gustilo also writes for The Northern Dispatch Weekly. His articles include: “Abra town mayor surprises employees with mandatory drug test,” published on July 10, 2016; “Human rights group, Abra politicians laud resumption of peace talks” on June 19, 2016; and “Abra group hopes Duterte dismantles private armies” on May 22, 2016. # nordis.net