Manero not worried over death threats

Manero confirmed that he received information that some groups are out to liquidate him but said he is not minding them too much.

" That's just normal. That happens to all of us," he said in the vernacular in an interview over Bombo Radyo here this morning.

But Manero, who was freed last Friday after spending at least 23 years in prison for the killing of Italian priest Tulio Favali in North Cotabato in 1985, said he cannot yet make any conclusion as to what group may be behind the threats.

"To be aware is to be alive. I’m standing on that," he said.

As of this morning, Manero said he has not yet decided where to settle down with his wife Evelyn as they have yet to decide on the matter.

The Manero family, which has since relocated from Tulunan town in North Cotabato to Polomolok in South Cotabato, owns at least 120 hectares of land in the area.

"I have not yet finalized anything. We will still discuss it and possibly decide within a week," he said.

But he earlier said he has long wanted to return to his home in barangay Kinilis in Polomolok and go back to farming.

Manero said his immediate plan is to visit the Diocese of Kidapawan in Kidapawan City, the grave of Fr. Favali and his relatives in Janiuay, Iloilo.

Public Attorney's Office Chief Persida Acosta earlier said there are some parties that are "not happy" with his release last Friday.

Acosta said they have tightened the security on Manero but stressed that the latter's planned activities will continue as scheduled. (Allen V. Estabillo / MindaNews)