Quantcast
Latest Stories

Basketball behind allies’ split

By

Blame it on basketball.

A disagreement over a referee’s call during a local basketball league involving both their sons triggered the falling out between Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr. and his trusted aide, Bugallon town Mayor Rodrigo Orduña, which led to the latter’s exposé of the governor’s alleged involvement in jueteng (an illegal numbers game).

In an exclusive interview with the Inquirer on Wednesday night, Orduña said he decided to cut his ties with Espino when the governor and his supporters threatened to “wipe out” members of the Orduña clan in Pangasinan.

“Uubusin namin ang lahat ng (we will wipe out the) Orduña (clan). Let’s just (see) what will happen when your father is no longer mayor,” Orduña quoted one of Espino’s supporters telling his son.

The mayor said the conflict between him and Espino started when he refused to grant a mayor’s permit to a “crushing plant” that the governor allegedly owns in Bugallon.

He said the crushing plant processes rocks, gravel and other “soil aggregates” for the infrastructure projects of the Pangasinan provincial government.

Punched the referee

The mayor added that the tension between him and Espino escalated sometime last year when the younger Orduña accosted and punched a referee who, he said, favored the basketball team of Espino’s son.

“My son was just watching the basketball game. But he could not take (the referee’s call) in favor of the team of Espino’s son,” the mayor said.  Espino had sponsored the basketball league, he added.

After the incident, Orduña said Espino’s son and supporters immediately ran to the governor and told him what happened.

He thought Espino would mediate between their sons and “patch things up like a father,” Orduña said, but “instead, (the governor) agreed to his supporters’ plan to look for my son (and) beat him up. It was then that they started to threaten our family,” he said.

That was the trigger, said the mayor, who said it was a painful decision for him to turn against the governor.

“I treated him like a father. Our clan regarded him as family,” he said. “Pinakain niya lang daw kami sa kanyang palad (he claimed we fed at his hand),” Orduña said.

Before he decided to blow the whistle on Espino, the mayor said he consulted members of his family who, he said, agreed that it was time to distance themselves from the governor.

 

Anger and bitterness

“I suddenly felt all the anger and bitterness that I had been keeping against him all these years. I thought this was the best time to reveal what I know about his involvement in jueteng.”

Added the mayor: “(Espino) said the Orduña clan was just his creation. It’s actually the other way around. Our family adopted him in Bugallon because he was originally from Bautista town, which is located in the fifth congressional district. He knew he couldn’t win as congressman there so he moved to Bugallon.”

Orduña claimed that the police officer-turned-politician used the money he earned from the illegal numbers game to bankroll several dummy companies that cornered multimillion-peso infrastructure projects in Pangasinan.

The mayor said Espino also bought luxury cars, houses, properties and other expensive items from the protection money he allegedly received from jueteng syndicates.

“Espino is a very arrogant man. He acts as if he were God. He is also very intelligent. But he used his intelligence to enrich himself even at the expense of those who helped him,” Orduña said.

Confessed jueteng operator Fernando “Boy Bata” Alimagno, who also turned his back on Espino, claimed the governor “is addict(ed) to money.”


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Bugallon town , Gov. Amado Espino Jr , illegal numbers game , Jueteng , Pangasinan , Rodrigo Orduña




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Opinions split on Napoles turning state witness
  3. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  4. Plunder complaint filed vs PNP chief, firearms office head over license delivery deal
  5. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  6. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  7. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  10. Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
Advertisement

News

  • What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  • Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  • 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  • Napoles surgery in Makati hospital successful
  • Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  • Sports

  • Mixers trim Aces; Painters repulse Bolts
  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
  • Baguio climb to decide Le Tour de Filipinas
  • Lifestyle

  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  • Visiting chefs from Denmark get creative with ‘ube,’ ‘ buko,’ ‘calamansi,’ mangoes
  • Salted baked potatoes
  • A first in a mall: Authentic Greek yogurt–made fresh in front of diners
  • Entertainment

  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • From prison to the peak of success
  • ‘Asedillo’ location thrives
  • Business

  • This time, BIR goes after florists
  • Philippine Airlines to stop shipment of shark fins
  • PH banks not ready for Asean integration
  • Stocks down on profit-taking
  • Banks allowed to use ‘cloud’
  • Technology

  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, first stop of 4-nation tour
  • Believe it or not: Filipinos love US more than Yanks
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement