Roxas to probe Pangasinan governor’s alleged involvement in ‘jueteng’


Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II said Friday he has been ordered by President Benigno Aquino III to conduct a thorough investigation into the alleged involvement of Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino in the numbers racket “jueteng.”

This was after whistleblowers Mayor Ricardo Orduna of Bugallon town in Pangasinan and Barangay (village) Chairman Fernando “Boy Bata” Alimagno claimed that Espino has been operating jueteng in their province and had been receiving at least P800 million “protection money.”

Orduna is said to be a self-confessed jueteng operative with whom Espino “had a recent falling out over their business arrangements,” while Alimagno is allegedly a jueteng financier and operator in the province.

“These are documented, actionable complaints. We have two insiders who have come out in the open, and have submitted sworn statements, which will be the basis of the Department of the Interior and Local Government to conduct a thorough investigation,” Roxas said in a press conference at Camp Crame.

In his sworn statement, Orduna claimed that he personally handed to Espino some P2.5 million every week for several years since Espino became Pangasinan governor.

He said Espino used to receive a smaller amount of P750,000 weekly when he was still only a congressman in the province.

“I advise Governor Espino to get a good lawyer,” Roxas said.

A Senior Superintendent Wilson Lopez was also implicated as the “go-between and jueteng collector” of Espino.

The DILG secretary also promised a swift and thorough investigation according to the provisions of several applicable laws including the Anti-Graft Law, the Anti-Money Laundering Act and the Plunder Law or Republic Act 7080.

“With my background in finance, I know that when money flows, there will be a trail. We will use the anti-money laundering law…,” Roxas said.

Roxas considered the coming out of the whistle blowers a “major breakthrough” in the government’s continuous battle against jueteng, as he vowed to protect the witnesses and their families.

“Orduna and Alimagno will be taken under the care of some religious organizations pending their inclusion in the WPP [witness protection program],” Roxas said.

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  • kilabot

    and what about exusec puno, aber? 
    kiss goodbye to your presidential dream, markorina.

    • Flavio

       what abt puno ? may proof ka ba ? e ‘di ilabas mo !

      • Aureo

        C Puno ang puno ng jueteng. Kung kelangan mo ng proof ask mo c Pnoy!

  • Your_King

    Advise the governor to get a good lawyer or get in and pledge into Aquino’s KKK. Because only being part of Aquino’s KKK can anyone truly escape trouble and be able to be above the law.

    • Facilitator1

      Ito ba ang concerted/approved political strategy laban kay PNOY?

      “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it” – Adolf Hitler

      • Your_King

        I don’t know about that. However, PNoy is an expert of making a lie big, making it simple, and keep saying it when he attacks his political enemies. And since he has the platform of being the President he can easily succeed in making people believe it.

  • nparvus1202

    Hindi ba kapartido ha Mrs. Mar Sanchez? Talo ba kayo sa eleksyon? Lahat ng hindi kapartido sampahan nyo ng kaso. Marami naman kayong “Invisible small Ladies” na magbibigay sa inyo ng evidence.

    • ZOUZE

       yan ba yung nangingiliti na mga babae sa mga bus? sa kanila ba yang mga small ladies na yan? so nag-run sila ng prostitution?

  • $37644997

    Is it lawful to freeze assets immediately?I would advise it if it’s possible.

  • alfonso hiponia

    Very good!

  • Brian Kin

    dito rin sa camarines sur inbestigahan mo rin.

    • Aureo

      Buong Pilipinas imbestigahan mo Roxas!

  • Brian Kin

    sec. roxas dito sa cam sur iyong sinimulan ni sec. robredo ipatupad mo rin tuloy tuloy ang jueting dito front lang ang jaiallai.

  • joboni96

    let the law take its course

    concentrate on drugs
    that destroys the pilipino youth
    but enriches intsik switiks

    at pagpapalakas ng depensa
    sa eez natin

  • Pedro



    • levis2012

      I agree!


    Be honest Mr Secretary. Nagsawa na kami sa kakaimbestiga na walang nangyayari. I agree with Pedro – but remember di lang sya, marami  pang iba! Sa Ilocos kaya ?

    • Aureo

      Sa Batangas malakas din jueteng!


    But I remember, sabi Boss PNOY thru ex DILG USEC Puno – di daw priority jueteng ni PNOY? Kaya mo bang banggahin si PNOY ?

  • tata_boy

    Pnoy, seryoso ka ba sa matuwid na daan? Kung minsan eh nagdududa ako eh, balasahin mo na ang mga tauhan ng AMLA, paano nakalusot ang mga transaction na ito? Ibasura mo na ang bank secrecy laws, mga kawatan lang ang nakikinabang dito.


    sus, baka naiinggit lang sila kay Gov, ang dami nyang achievements sa Pangasinan na di mapantayan ng mg aprevious Govs

    • lennonpaul

       hintayin mo ang imbistigasyon

    • Facilitator1

      Kabayan, kanito rin ang nangyari kay ERAP. Si Gov Singson was the whistle blower and the rest is history. 

      Regardless if the Gov Espino is an achiever and have done a lot of good to his province but the MAIN issue is: Is he involve in an illegal number game (jueteng) or not? If this allegation is proven, then he might be removed from office and possibly, incarcerated. Remember, if the president of the republic (ERAP) was removed from office and jailed…what more to a mere governor of a province…PEACE

  • SG0609

    tirahinmo roxas!!! kahit alam na ito ay delicado sa pagtakbo mo bilang pres sa 2016 si binay kasi alam ko na ang isasagot nyan…walang jueteng sa isabela, sa pangasinan…pero kung walang mangyayari dito e puro ka naman talaga salita gudbye ka na kung wala kang mapapatunayan.

  • SG0609

    what we need is a reformist…un may paninindigan hindi un puro sakay sa issue…go investigate…and prove something.

  • big dawg

    papano titigil yan eh panay ang taya ng mga pinoy. malakas kc tayong umasa sa swerte. di alam ng karamihan na pinapayaman lng nila ang pulis at politiko

  • iping2sison

     Cababaing camin Pangasinenses ta say gobernador mi et sikato manayay jueteng lord ed baley mi. Lingoanan yo si Espino tan saray cacaiba ton nanlurey ed malinis ya Pangasinan no onsublay ya election.

  • Bengatibo

    Sec Mar Roxas, Sasaludo ako sa iyo pag may nangyari sa imbestigasyon. Set an example and the others will toe the line. If you can eradicate Jueteng, iboboto kitang Presidente.

    • Jack

      sabi ni pnoy noon: hindi niya priority ang jueteng kaya walang pupuntahan it. this is just another in-aid-of-election of their LP guy running for governor in pangasinan

  • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

    Genaral Espino, get Sigfrid Fortun.

  • Rizalina Rizal

    Everybody knows in Pangasinan that Espino is a jueteng lord- just like everybody knows in Pampanga that Pineda is also a jueteng lord. Do you know that in Pangasinan and Pampanga, mga barangay captain madalas manalo ng malaki sa jueteng?

    I do hope that Mar Roxas won’t be selective and inefficient in eradicating the kurakot, bloodthirsty, supergreedy jueting lords and the other kurakot, supergreedy, bloodthirsty local public officials,

  • palakasantayo

    I think the late Jesse Robredo stumbled into this that’s the reason why he is gone. Careful… Mr. Roxas!

  • agaylaya

    Whaaat? Si Gov. Espino lang ang kakasuhan? Sa dinadami ng jueteng lords at jueteng operators sa buong Pilipinas, si Gov Espino lang ang kakasuhan?

    Halatang selective expose at prosecution ang ginagawa. Nauna pa ang press release bago kaso. 

    Malamang ito ay isang strategy lamang ni Pnoy at Roxas so that they can control local politics this coming elections. Jueteng ang pinangagalingan ng campaign funds for local elections and whoever controls jueteng, controls local politics. Parang warning lang itong ginagawa ni Roxas sa mga jueteng lords…. jueteng lords, you better toe the line or be exposed and replaced.  

    To me this is the most convincing proof that the “matuwid na daan” ay nabasura na. 

    Pnoy is missing his chance to really reform our political system and our culture of corruption in government.     

    • Facilitator1

      Granted ito ang political strategy ni PNOY at Roxas. Malas lang ni Gov Espino kasi may nag-witness laban sa kanya–kagaya ni Chavit ang main witness laban kay ERAP. Kung magkaganoon TAPOS ang BOKSING para kay Gov Espino.

      Yung WARNING mo sa mga wrongdoers: “you better toe the line or be exposed and replaced”–parang gasgas na sa sobrang gamit–ito ba ang strategy ng mga PNOY bashers? Sabi nga ni Adolf Hitler, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”…PEACE

      • agaylaya

        Ang ibig kung sabihin hindi nila aalisin ang jueteng at ginawa lang nilang example  si Gov Espino para sumunod ang mga jueteng lords sa gusto nilang mangyari nitong darating na election. Status quo ang jueteng. As far as local governance is concerned status quo ang political dynasties at graft and corruption. Goodbye matuwid na daan. 

  • nti_boohaya

    Mr. Secretary, if the allegations are that solid, then make an example out of this govenor and others like him downn to the barangay chairman.  Investors and voters alike are certainly watching this as a test case in your drive against corruption.  E kung ngaw ngaw lang para i shakedown si spine at mapaupo ang kapwa LP ninyo e di baka mga botante makakalimunan ka nila pagdating ng 2016.  Remember your chief PNP was once a provincial director of Panagsinan.  He knows the modus full well.

  • Melanio Calayeg

    The death of DILG Secretary Robredo was connected to this very issue…. Jueteng to the highest level in the Government. This make public officials Corrupt, and corruption is one thing the late Secretary wants to eradicate in the government…

  • ranumrubliw

     relying on religious organizations to protect state witnesses speaks volumes on the reliability and competence of the government’s WPP. improve/revamp the WPP and reluctant whistleblowers/ witnesses would come out. meanwhile, as in medieval times, let’s run to the church for protection.

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