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No threat, priest declines security

DUMAGUETE CITY – Based on the investigation conducted by the local police headed by Dumaguete City Chief-of-Police Supt. Jonathan Pineda, no less than the supposed victim Father Sulpicio Vincoy of the St. Vincent Ferrer Chaplaincy in Barangay Camanjac (right) denies receiving any credible threat to his life and has in fact declined to accept security detail from the authorities.

Previously, Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has directed Pineda to “conduct immediate and thorough investigation on the matter to establish the validity of the matter with the end view of protecting Father Vincoy’s person.”

The priest was personally interviewed by the police three times, twice by Deputy Chief Senior Inspector Ian Paul Arapols (left of photo). Father Vincoy denied directly receiving the threats through phone calls, text, letter or any other means. However, he was told by a certain radio broadcaster Rex Cornelio claiming that he received reaction from listeners threatening the life of the priest through text message every time the discussion on his radio program dwells on Father Vincoy’s opposition to the sanitary landfill. But in a subsequent interview, Cornelio admitted he failed to record or save the purported threatening messages or the cellphone numbers of the sources.

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