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Ex-solon criticizes Pangasinan guv for threatening journalists

Jul 26, 2015 @ 6:32

Former Pangasinan 5th District Rep. Mark Cojuangco has chastised Governor Amado Espino, Jr. over his alleged “veiled threats” against local journalists.

Cojuangco, who is set to run for governor next year, said Espino should be careful with his choice of language.

“It’s unbecoming,” Cojuangco said in a story published by Sunday Punch, adding that resorting to threats is wrong, especially to local newsmen who are only doing their job.

“Does he want us not to go out anymore from our homes?” he asked. What if something bad happens? He is not a suspect anymore just because he denied it already? He is already creating his disclaimer. That’s wrong.”

He added that resorting to threats “is not being civilized, that is being barbaric”.

In his radio program, Espino angrily accused some commentators and reporters of inciting “animosities that could erupt in violence and then put the blame on me and my administration.”

The governor allegedly went on to say that many of his avid supporters might put the law in their own hands and harm those who malign him, including the radio commentators, if they run to each other in the streets.

Cojuangco, a three-term congressman, said the style of the governor venting his ire with an alleged veiled threat does not only happen to newsmen but also to barangay officials, mayors and other municipal officials.

Espino recently admitted to the media that he had summarily executed several criminals when he was a police officer.

A graduate of Philippine Military Academy (PMA), the 67-year-old Espino was the first former military and police officer to become governor of Pangasinan.

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