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Guv Espino admits killing criminals when he was a cop

Jul 23, 2015 @ 2:52

Governor Amado T. Espino Jr.‎ has admitted to a deep secret from his past life as policeman: he took the law into his own hands and killed criminals.

Espina made the confession in a radio interview more than a month after the Department of Justice cleared him of murder charges in the slaying of Infanta Mayor Ruperto Martinez.

In a radio interview over Bombo Radyo, Espino said that he killed all sorts of criminals when he was still a law enforcer.

The 67-year old governor is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy. He served various positions in the Philippine National Police, including Director of Region 1.

“In the performance of my duties, sa aking mga trabaho noon, marami akong hinuli  diyan, marami akong naipakulong, marami pang napatay kami sa mga encounter, may mga masasamang loob, mga kriminal, mga magnanakaw ng kalabaw, magnanakaw ng baka, yong mga drug dealers,” said Espino.

“Marami akong naipakulong … mga NPA na hinuli ko,….nandiyan nga si Kumander Dante eh… Nandiyan yong hinuli ko… sa Fred Cabarlo,  hinuli ko yan dahil nag surrender po siya. Iyong si  (inaudible)… kaya napatay ko po yon dahil lumaban siya…doon sa San Manuel…,” Espino said.

The governor’s statement was interpreted by some Dagupan City-based media as a veiled threat against those who were not in his good graces.

One radio broadcaster who refused to be named said: “In Pangasinan, if you fight Governor Espino then you die. If you do not fight Governor Espino, you will live.”

Espino will field his son Amado C. Espino III to run against former 5th district Rep. Mark Cojuangco for governor in 2016.

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