Woman who told Duterte to stop quarrying in Cebu town in hiding, not missing – police

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 1) — The woman who appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to stop quarrying operations in the wake of a deadly landslide in a Cebu town is not missing but is hiding for her safety, the police said on Monday.

C/Insp. Roderick Gonzales, Naga, Cebu chief of police, informed City of Naga Mayor Kristine Chiong that Shiela Eballe, who was earlier reported missing by a news website, is in hiding after supposedly receiving threats following her public dialogue with Duterte.

Gonzales said Eballe has been communicating with her brother.

On September 21, while Duterte was delivering a speech to the family of those who perished in the landslide, Eballe asked the President  if he would shut down the quarry.

Related: Naga City, Cebu resident asks Duterte to shut down quarry

She blamed the quarry for the landslide because of the damaged soil.

Duterte joked that the woman had "training" in talking at similar functions. He then proceeded to ask the crowd if there were any New People's Army member among them, and then went on to hit Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison.

Seventy-two people have died from the landslide in Naga on September 20.