Cebu City Board of Canvassers chair steps down due to threats

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Cebu City (May 13, CNN Philippines) — An election officer has stepped down after receiving threats to his life Sunday afternoon.

Marchel Sarno received two messages that told him to vacate his post as chairman of the canvassing board of the Commission on Elections in Cebu City South District.

Sarno reported to the police on Sunday afternoon that he received two text messages which states: "usa ra ka ka bala (all it takes is one bullet)" and "tago na lang (hide)."

Sarno quit for the threats to stop, said Veronico Petalcorin, the acting regional election director (RED) of Comelec-Central Visayas.

"Maybe he was suspected of being biased towards a certain political group that's why he was threatened," said Petalcorin.

Sarno was replaced by Chaunsey Boholst as chair of the Board of Canvassers. He maintained however his post as election officer of Cebu City's South District.

"We are already investigating this incident and we have provided security to Sarno," said PBGen. Debold Sinas, director of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas.

Sinas has ordered an investigation on the threats.