THE Pangasinan provincial board condemned the ambush shooting and wounding of former governor and congressman Amado T. Espino, Jr.
Authored by Vice Governor Mark Ronald DG. Lambino and co-authored by all members of board, approved Provincial Resolution No. 132-2019 also urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies to fast-track the early resolution of the incident.
It can be recalled that former governor and congressman Espino and his security aides encountered an ambush perpetrated by some unidentified assassins on September 11 in Barangay Magtaking, San Carlos City.
The resolution states, “the ambush is completely unacceptable in a place like the Province of Pangasinan where peace and harmony is presently reigning.”
Urging the PNP and other national agencies for a speedy and thorough investigation to determine the motive and identification of the assassins, the resolution also noted that “the incident is a deplorable act and the perpetrators should be brought to justice.”
The Sangguniunang Panlalawigan, on the motion of Noel C. Bince, also expressed their intent to offer a bounty of about P1-million to apprehend the perpetrators as soon as possible.
“I believe that we should have to go further by a proposal that a bounty will be given to anyone who can give information for the earlier solution of this attempted ambush,” BM Bince stated.
“May I suggest that the provincial board will coordinate the matter to the Espino family and the provincial government of Pangasinan about the reward or bounty,” BM Bince further urged.
Meanwhile, the PNP Pangasinan disclosed in a presscon held on the same day that previous owners of the two vehicles used by the unidentified gunmen have been traced and identified.
Region 1 Police Dir. Joel Orduña bared that a certain Marivic Villanueva originally owned the Hyundia Elantra and is now registered to its present owner Jewel Catro, while the Ford Everest is owned by a certain John Paul Regalado.
Accordingly, the police has already summoned the owners of the vehicles.
“Actually, hindi lang dalawa ang natawag natin kasi nga pasa-pasa na accordingly merong mga deed of sale silang pinapakita but definitely these will be all subject to verification,” he said.
Orduña also stressed that Anthony Columbino, driver of Espino’s backup vehicle who survived the incident with no injury, has been under police custody and will serve as a witness.
It was noted that Columbino went home to Nueva Viscaya after the ambush and appeared a day after the incident at the San Carlos City.
On the motive of the ambush, Orduña said that all issues are being considered, including politics, business rivalry and personal grudge. /Shiella Mae C. De Guzman
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