By Malu Cadeliña Manar
Saturday, December 31, 2011
KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Fearing for his life and family, the brother of the primary suspect in the killing of an Italian missionary in North Cotabato has sought help from a local official in the province.
Roberto Ato, a Teduray native from North Upi, Maguindanao, said he was surprised when he learned he was being pursued by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in his village because of his alleged involvement in Father Fausto Tentorio’s death.
“That was a big lie. I was not pursued. Also, contrary to reports, I didn’t have an armed engagement with any of the NBI agents that raided the house of my brother, Jimmy, last December 29,” Roberto told police officers during a briefing held Friday night at the office of Rep. Nancy Catamco (2nd district, Cotabato).
Roberto said two days before the arrest of his brother at Sitio Iwak-Iwak in Barangay Kulaman Valley in Arakan town, a former village official introduced to their clan two persons who identified themselves as miners who wanted to do mining in their area.
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