SAN ISIDRO, Leyte– Mayor Remedio Veloso of this town declared that he was the target of a gun attack that killed her elder sister last Dec. 21.
Veloso, in an exclusive interview with Leyte Samar Daily Express, confirmed that he has been receiving death threats since last summer’s elections where he ran unopposed.
He also confirmed that the vehicle where his sister, Juanita,77 and wife Leleena, and driver, Edmil Bacay were unharmed when their vehicle was fired upon by the armed perpetrators along a national highway in Kananga town while they were en route to San Isidro.
“I know who was behind the ambush that killed my sister and you can ask anybody from the 3rd District of Leyte who this person is,” the town mayor said, referring as to who could be behind on the gun attack.
Veloso said that the vehicle where the victims were on board were given to him by brother in 2019 and he used it as his service vehicle.
He added that the perpetrators could have thought that he was on board in the said vehicle.
According to Mayor Veloso, the threat could also be due to the plan of his brother, Weng, to run as a congressman for the third district in the forthcoming 2025 local elections.
The beleaguered mayor has appealed to the police to conduct a checkpoint in the 3rd district to avoid any occurrence of similar incident.
At present, the ancestral house of the Veloso is being secured by police personnel from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion.