The manager of a radio station based in Antique province reported receiving a death threat through social networking site Facebook on May 18.
Jose Allan Bartolo, commentator and manager at radio station Hot FM 102.9 in Bugasong, Antique, was attending a meeting in Clark Pampanga when he got a threatening personal message on his Facebook account.
The message, which came from a certain Femia Amoyen, wrote, “P*tang ina mo! Mag-ingat ka ipapapatay kita 50,000 lang patay ka na (Son of a bitch! Watch out, I will have you killed. It will only take P50,000 to have you killed).”
When Bartolo asked what is the matter, Amoyen wrote, “Basta, ipapapatay kita (I will get you killed, for sure).”
Bartolo told Amoyen he will have her tracked since they have common friends.
Later, Bartolo said, Amoyen communicated with one of his relatives in Bugasong, claiming it was not her who wrote that message, and that her account was just hacked.
Bartolo expressed doubts with Amoyen’s claim. He added he was alarmed upon finding out through relatives and friends that she resides in the area where retired Bugasong Police Station Chief Insp. Frederick Almonares resided with his partner. Bartolo said whoever is behind the death threat could be connected with the retired police chief.
In 2005, Bartolo became at odds with Almonares because of the former’s commentaries implicating the latter in the pilfering of parts of a Señor Sto. Niño statue inside the Bugasong church.
Executive Coordinator, NUJP-IFJ Media Safety Office