“I SHALL RETURN…TO DAVAO CITY”
Representative Pastor Alcover of Anad Partylist said he is not running away from accusation he plotted the killing of City Hall officials and barangay captains in Davao City, claiming he is tied up with campaigning for his group in Cebu City.
But, like McArthur, I shall return to Davao City to face these accusations, said Alcover interviewed on the phone Friday by DXAB anchorman Allan Abais.
But whether or not he makes true he would do a McArthur, Alcover is in deep trouble and may be forced to come to face the charges in court.
Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod said charges are being prepared against Alcover over an assassination plot targeting supporters of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Seven members of Anad, allegedly recruited by Alcover and Anad spokesman Arthur Tariman, have executed affidavits saying they were out to kill city administrator Wendel Avisado, retired Col. Yussuf Jimlani and 14 barangay captains aligned with Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Vice Mayor Sara Duterte.
Alcover did not deny the seven were Anad members but they were recruited as campaigners and not as members of a liquidation squad.
Black propaganda na sa inyong meyor, he told Abais, referring to Mayor Duterte.
Alcover, with retired general Jovito Palparan, representative of the Bantay Partylist, surfaced here last year purportedly to campaign for their groups on the platform of anti-communism. The two were later joined by retired police general Eduardo Martillano, who had a run in with Mayor Duterte when he was the police regional director here, in hurling alleged anomalies at City Hall.
The trio are actively campaigning for House Speaker Prospero Nograles in the mayoral race against Sara Duterte.
Their campaign gained local political color when they started assailing Mayor Duterte for his alleged links to the New People’s Army accusing him of helping the communist movement grow in strength.
Avisado has submitted the affidavits of the seven Anad members to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Hugpong said it would study if Nograles is tied to the assassination plot as the alleged members of the hit squad said the plot was hatched up in Royale House, a hotel owned by the Speaker.
It was also established that Alcover, Palparan and Matillano had been staying in Royale House while they were in the city.