The mayor of Santiago Temple, a town in the department of Río Segundo, in the province of Córdoba, reported that alleged thieves entered his home, stole his belongings and left him a letter with death threats to get him out of the candidacy for re-election, police sources reported.
The incident was recorded on Sunday night at the home of Mayor Marco Ferace, located on Natalio Monina Street at 600 of the town he governs, in the center of the province.
According to the sources indicated to the Telam agency, it was the mayor himself who called the police after he entered his house and observed everything scrambled inside.
Ferace, of Hacemos Córdoba – a force that responds to the governor and presidential candidate Juan Schiaretti – denounced at first the theft of two notebooks and two cell phones, among other belongings.
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Meanwhile, the police seized letters with threats against the mayor, which he himself indicated referred to him stepping down from his candidacy for the upcoming local elections on June 18.
What the threatened mayor said
"The modality attracts a lot of attention. When I enter the house I see the doors broken, everything removed. At first what seemed like a common robbery. Until in the bedroom they left a note with threats to me asking me to get off the candidacy, "said Ferace in dialogue with the media El Diario del Pueblo, of Santiago Temple.
The community chief said that it was not an act of insecurity "but a threat" and that, with this statement of action, "all limits have been exceeded."
Marco Ferace, mayor of Santiago Temple, in Córdoba. Photo Twitter
"What affects me the most is the issue of the political threat, because there we are going further. It is not just entering a home, but threatening. That's what puts us on alert the most. We will continue working to banish the old, what is dirty," he said.
Ferace recalled that in 2019 he also suffered threats so he was in police custody at his home. He will be a candidate for re-election as mayor in the elections on June 18.
In a statement, the Municipality of Santiago Temple said that, despite death threats if he does not drop out of the candidacy, the mayor "has decided to continue with the campaign so as not to give in to the usual criminals."
"We especially accompany our mayor and his family in this time of anguish and pain and thank him for continuing to fight for Santiago Temple. Let's continue together, today more than ever, to banish criminals from our city and the dark practices of politics," added the municipal statement in support of the mayor himself.
According to Telam, personnel of the General Directorate of Criminal Investigations, together with personnel of the corresponding department, began investigative tasks by order of the Prosecutor's Office of Instruction of Rio 2nd section 2, in charge of Sofía Vásquez, who labeled the file as "robbery and threats."