Espino group endorses Mar. Will DILG drop jueteng charges against Pangasinan Guv?
A politiko under investigation for his jueteng ties has formally endorsed Mar Roxas as the presidential bet of his newly formed party.
Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. and Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z, Calimlim Jr. recently organized the Partido ng Pangasinan for their national and local campaign plans.
Will this mean the Department of Interior and Local Government will not pursue the probe on Espino’s alleged jueteng ties?
As then Interior and Local Government Secretary, Roxas was ordered by President Benigno Aquino III to investigate the involvement of Espino in jueteng operations in Pangasinan based on charges made in the sworn statements of former Bugallon mayor Rodrigo Orduna and Fernando Alimagno alias “Boy Bata.”
Orduna and Alimgano filed plunder charges against Espino before the Ombudsman on December 14, 2012. A senate investigation on jueteng was also held shortly after the filing of charges.
Roxas even advisedEspino to get a good lawyer.
Roxas said: “Matapos ito tatawagan ko si Gov. Espino … kumuha po kayo ng mahusay na abogado dahil hindi ito madadaan sa pulitika, sa kampihan. Dadaan ito sa legal process na tama.”
Mar promised full support to Orduna and his famly’s safety for the course of the case.
“Lalo na at alam kong inilagay niya ang kanyang sarili at ang kanyang pamilya sa peligro, kaya naman gagamitin ko ang kapangyarihan ng aking tanggapan sang-ayon sa batas upang imbestigahan ang usaping ito at tutukan ito hanggang katapusan.
Orduna has recently asked Roxas to reject Espino’s move to join the Liberal Party.
“The Liberal Party should consider the case against Espino. This runs counter to our principle of daang matuwid,” he said.
“I put my life at risk in coming out in the open and filing the plunder case over the jueteng kickbacks, all because I believed in the straight path principle, and I hope the LP will not stray the course,” he added.
The Espinos have resigned from the NPC and put up Partido na Pangasinan last October 3, 2015 as their local political party this October.
However, the Commission on Elections deadline for accreditation of local political parties was in May 8, 2015.
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