LINGAYEN–The Espino camp is set to file a series of counter suits against Board Member Raul Sison and other persons whom they believe were behind the circulation of leaflets proclaiming that Gov. Amado Espino III and his brother Jumel Espino, mayor of Bugallon, have been disqualified to run by the Commission on Elections.
Second District Rep. Amado Espino Jr. and Gov. Espino III said the leaflets were malicious and smacked of bad faith as these were distributed by Sison and his cohorts to dissuade voters, particularly in Bugallon, from voting for the Espino siblings.
“We will definitely file cases against these people,” Cong. Espino said as he wanted the responsible persons to be held accountable for their “desperate acts which exceeded the bounds of decency for normal people.”
Among the many cases that will be filed against Sison and his cohorts are: robbery, illegal detention, harassment, abuse of authority, libel and cyber libel.
Gov. Espino III said on the statement of Provincial Elections Supervisor Ericson Oganiza had categorically denied that a candidate in Pangasinan has been disqualified and if there are, the proper legal processes will be observed.
Copies of the leaflets were also posted on social media on the same day they were spread in Pangasinan. In addition, photo stories that tended to show that there was vote-buying in Aguilar were posted in online edition of a widely-circulated national newspaper early afternoon on May 12.
Sison, a candidate for congressman of the Second District against Jumel Espino, had filed a two-page complaint before the Provincial Elections Office against the Espino siblings, candidates for board member and mayor of Aguilar and other persons who he accused of alleged vote-buying.
Cong. Espino, defending his children from the charge, dismissed the accusation, saying ”kung magbo-vote-buying ka ba, gagawin mo ba sa barangay hall?”
He maintained there was no vote-buying because there was no one charged with buying and selling votes nor anyone caught on the spot in the act of buying or selling votes.
If there was any money found, this was intended to pay for watchers of Jumel who were to be on duty in every polling precinct in Aguilar during the election day, he said. (Leonardo Micua)
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