Court still waiting for prosecutors to file cases

ESPINO JR. AMBUSHCADE

EXACTLY a month after the attempt on the life of former Congressman Amado Espino Jr. on September 11, his would-be assassins are still at large, though 12 of them have already been identified in cases filed by Special Investigation Task Group Espino Jr. before the City Prosecutors’ Office in San Carlos City on October 10.

P/Colonel Redrico Maranan, police provincial director and co-head of SITG Espino Jr. said the San Carlos City prosecutors’ office is still evaluating the cases of two counts of murder and four counts of frustrated murder against the 12 identified suspects, including 10 other persons named only as John Does filed by the police.

He said warrants of arrests can only be issued against the 12 identified suspects, 10 of them from Urbiztondo, by the court if the prosecutors have established probable cause to indict them and file the corresponding criminal complaints before the court.

Because of the identification of the suspects, the Pangasinan police now considers the ambuscade of the former governor and former congressman and his party as solved, he said.

However, to date, the Special Investigative Task Group Espino Jr. has yet to establish the motive for the attempted life on Espino since no suspected mastermind and other persons involved in the planning and execution of the ambush has been identified. 

Maranan said, until they are identified, the investigation will continue.

He confirmed that 10 of the suspects were identified by witnesses and seen in Close Circuit TV cameras alighting from their vehicles which they abandoned in Barangay Cobol, San Carlos City and in Pasima, Malasiqui before escaping on foot.

They are Alvin Palisoc, alias Arvin Pascarab; Mark Anthony Palisoc, Claudio Gabriel, Armando Friuas, alias “Jong”; Benjie Resultan (Rezultab) Joey Ferrer, Ronnie de los Santos, Gerry Pascua. Sherwin Diaz, Teofilo Ferrer, alias “Pong”, and a certain Resuller, alias Sel, and one Alfred Pascalaran, all of Urbiztondo;

Jewel Castro of Baguio City and John Paul Regalado of Quezon City were included in the case because they were tagged by the investigators as the last owners of the Hyudai Elantra and Ford Everest abandoned by the suspects in Barangay Cobol, San Carlos City and Pasima, Malasiqui.

Castro, however, denied ever owning an Hyundai Elantra and presented an official certification from the Land Transportation Office that he is not a registered owner of a Hyundai Elantra to back his claim. The SITG refused to comment on this claim. (Leonardo Micua)

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