Vargas brothers receive death threat

DOUBLE DEATH THREATQuezon City District 6 Councilor Patrick Michael

TWO bullets, inconspicuously packaged, made their way to Quezon City District 6 on Monday. The package was addressed to incumbent Councilor Patrick Michael “PM” Vargas who is believed to be frontrunning the race for district representative in Novaliches.

Vargas made the information public on Tuesday with his older brother and incumbent Sixth District Rep. Alfred Vargas beside him. The latter is about to complete his third term in office.

“Maliwanag na ang intensyon ng nagpadala ay takutin kami at ang aming pamilya. Sa mahigit isang dekada naming paglilingkod dito sa distrito, ngayon lamang po ako nakatanggap ng death threat (the intention is clear — to frighten us and my family. In all my 10 years of serving the district, this is my first time to receive a death threat),” the younger Vargas said in a media briefing.

Vargas added that even as he is worried for his and his brother's safety, he will carry on with his candidacy and fight to ensure a better future for his son.

“Ngayong nahaharap ako sa ganitong pagsubok kung saan ang aking buhay ay nasa panganib, lalo kong ipaglalaban ang kinabukasan ng aking anak. Lalo kong ipapakita sa kanya na ang kanyang ama ay marunong manindigan at lalo kong ipapakita sa kanya na ang kanyang ama ay kayang ipaglaban ang kanyang prinsipyo (Now that I am facing a situation where my life is in danger, the more I will fight for my child's future. The more I will show my child that his father has conviction and principles),” PM said.

“Hindi po ako magpapatakot sa ganitong klaseng pulitika, tuloy ang ating laban (I will not get frightened by this kind of politics; my fight continues),” he added.

Without naming names, Representative Alfred related how their family had been offered a huge amount of money four times already in exchange for backing out of the elections.

He promised that the Vargases remain steadfast in their commitment to serve the Novaleños as before and will never allow self-serving and power-hungry entities to lead and harm them.

“The case is being investigated and it's best we remain quiet about it,” they noted.

Since first running for public office in 2010, Representative Alfred and later his brother Councilor PM had established what they call the “Tatak Vargas” brand of public service — one that is rooted from the brothers' integrity and strong sense of family.

Supposedly retiring from politics after his third term as congressman, Alfred announced he would run in his brother's place as councilor.

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