A year after ambush, Reluya says threats continue

By: Rosalie Abatayo - CDN Digital | January 23,2020 - 11:34 AM

JUSTICE remains the cry of the families of former San Fernando councilor Ricardo Reluya Jr., Ricky Monterona and Allan Bayot at they commemorate the first anniversary since the fatal ambush that claimed their lives in January 2019. CDN Digital photo | Rosalie Abatayo

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A year after the fatal ambush against their camp, San Fernando Mayor Lakambini Reluya revealed that threats continue to loom over the family.

Reluya, in an interview with CDN Digital, said they have already taken steps to protect themselves against the threats.

“Unlike before na isalig namo nga wa bitaw ta’y kontra, wa bitaw ta’y naligsan. Karon, at least, naa na’y nagbantay. Naa na mi counteractions,” Reluya said.

(Before, we were complacent because we believed that we had no enemies. Now, at least, there are people guarding us. We already have countermeasures.)

The mayor, however, refused to elaborate on the extent of the threats against them.

Reluya added that she is still coordinating with the Philippine National Police (PNP) the progress of the investigation on the ambush that killed her husband, former councilor Ricardo “Nonoy” Reluya Jr, Municipal Investment and Promotions Officer Ricky Monterona and driver Allan Bayot.

Reluya said Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) director Police Colonel Roderick Mariano informed her that the investigation is already moving forward.

Reluya also revealed that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) may soon come in to assist in the investigation on the ambush.

On Wednesday evening, January 22, 2020, residents of San Fernando town lighted candles and held a tribute as they commemorate the first death anniversary of the late councilor, Monterona, and Bayot.

For Mayor Reluya, she said that she is still hopeful that justice for her fallen husband and the other two municipal employees will be served within her lifetime.

“Kon pwede in my lifetime, in this lifetime, makit-an unta mako ang hustisya,” Reluya said in a speech after a candle-lighting tribute.

(I hope that in my lifetime, in this lifetime, I will be able to see justice.)

Reluya said she is willing to forgive but she also wants to know why the perpetrators attacked them and who orchestrated the crime. /bmjo

Subscribe to our regional newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of Cebudailynews. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

TAGS: ambush, anniversary, death threats, Neneth Reluya, Reluya ambush, Ricardo Reluya

Subscribe to our regional newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.