Italian priest Fr. Fausto Tentorio recieved several “threats to his life” before he was killed at the convent of his church in Arakan, North Cotabato, on Monday, police said.

Tentorio got threats “as early as 2003 and in 2005, 2007, 2009,” Chief Supt. Lester Camba, head of the police task group probing the priest’s death, said.

“Halimbawa, inaabangan siya (Tentorio) kung siya’y pupunta sa isang barangay or wherever,” Camba said, adding it was the priest himself who reported the last threat.

“It was father Fausto who reported to the Arakan Police Station, he wanted to put to blotter na may mga armed group na pumunta dito sa compound (ng church), but nung magresponde ‘yung police umalis na, this group was not identified,” he said.

Investigators are looking into several angles, including mining, as among the possible motives for killing Tentorio, but still could not pinpoint which is the most probable.

Tentorio’s last brush with mining, according to Camba, was in 2003 when he drew the ire of the Bagani, a group of warrior tribesmen.

“‘Yung sinasabi na Bagani group ang nag-(threat) allegedly noong 2003, but we find it very remote… yun ay somewhere sa boundary ng Bukidnon and during that time, ‘yung mining ang issue,” Camba said. (John Roson)

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