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Filipino anti-gambling crusader reveals death plot

Assassins plan to crush Archbishop Oscar Cruz with a truck

Archbishop Oscar Cruz Archbishop Oscar Cruz
  • ucanews.com reporter, Manila
  • Philippines
  • January 6, 2011
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Anti-gambling campaigner Archbishop Oscar Cruz says he has uncovered an assassination plot in which his would-be killers would crush him to death by using a truck to ram his car.

The archbishop, retired head of Lingayen-Dagupan archdiocese, said he was informed of the plot in a text message from a member of an organization he heads to fight jueteng, an illegal numbers racket.

“Tell Bishop Cruz to take care. There is a plot to kill him. A truck will smash into him in his car,” the text message read.

Archbishop Cruz, however, said he is no longer surprised by death threats because he has been receiving them since he started his anti-gambling crusade.

“Sometimes I get many written death threats, but this one seems more credible. Maybe it’s because lately I have been really attacking jueteng syndicates, and some jueteng operators are hardcore crooks,” he said.

“I have often said that jueteng kills,” the archbishop said.

Despite the new threat to his life, he says he is not planning to increase his security.

“I’m not thinking of getting bodyguards, that has never entered my mind,” he said.

“Even if you have security, if they want to kill you they’ll kill you. I just take care a little but not too much, otherwise I cannot move around anymore,” Archbishop Cruz said.

A report in the Philippine Daily Inquirer said the plot was leaked by an “insider” in New Bilibid Prison, the national penitentiary.

The archbishop said his anti-gambling organization, People’s Crusade Against Jueteng, has contacts in the maximum security prison.

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