A FRODSHAM-BASED aid worker has received death threats from corrupt political activists after standing for mayoral elections in his native Philippines.
Romy Tiongco, former Christian Aid North West regional co-ordinator, fears his life is in danger after a life-long friend and supporter was shot dead at his home.
Romy's wife, Linda McLintock Tiongco, still works for Christian Aid. The couple are in Sri Lanka, busy with post-tsunami relief work.
Worried about the situation in the Philippines, they hope their many friends back in Frodsham will support a campaign to help Romy.
Peter Byrne, of Chester World Development Forum, said: 'Romy and Linda have been in tight spots before but, as in Sri Lanka, they are usually more worried about the local people than themselves. But the present danger is something else.'
When Romy returned briefly to the Philippines last October, he was persuaded to stand for Mayor of Damulog, about 500 miles from the capital, Manila, in this May's elections.
Mr Byrne said: 'In a political climate plagued by corruption and intimidation, Romy's ability and integrity was thought to win the hearts of the less privileged members of the society.
'He agreed to stand and his close friend, Rogelio Estudillo, became the candidates' political organiser. On January 4, Rogelio was shot dead at his home and Romy and other candidates have been threatened.
'Rogelio's death looks like a political assassination and Romy feels in considerable danger.'
Romy said: 'I can honestly say that every letter , every petition and media publicity will push away the danger of being killed.
'I dream of winning the polls and serving the people. We are urging people to send letters to Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroya or to the Melo Commission requesting an urgent investigation of Rogelio's murder - and our anxieties should be made clear.'
Letters and petitions of support can be sent the Philippines Embassy at 9a Palace Green, London W8 4QE.