NPC decries ‘harassment’ of Espino



Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr. Photo from

DAGUPAN CITY—The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) on Saturday accused the Aquino administration of harassing a party member, Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino, in anticipation of next year’s elections.

“It was timed after a survey that says their (Liberal Party) candidate will not win against Governor Espino,” former Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco, NPC provincial chair, said in a phone interview.

Espino is seeking a third and last term against Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza, the LP’s gubernatorial bet. Thirty-nine of Pangasinan’s 48 town and city mayors are NPC members.

On Friday, Bugallon Mayor Rodrigo Orduña filed a plunder case in the Office of the Ombudsman in Manila against Espino who, he claimed, had accepted P900 million in payoffs from “jueteng” operators in the last 10 years.

“If he (Orduña) claims that he was the one giving the money he collected to Espino, why didn’t he tell [authorities] where the money was coming from?” Cojuangco said.

He said Interior Secretary Mar Roxas should look for the source of the alleged payola which Orduña claimed to have delivered to Espino.

“Why single out Governor Espino as if he is the cause of all jueteng [operations] in the whole country? That is not right. It smacks of harassment because their candidate has no chance of winning,” Cojuangco said.

In 2007, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office proposed the Loterya ng Bayan, which was supposed to be an alternative to jueteng, he said.

“But nothing happened with [the proposal]. If they were really serious about [eradicating jueteng] then, we should not be talking about this now,” he said.

A former University of the Philippines official also questioned the timing of Orduña’s exposé.

“Why only now? Why didn’t he do that earlier? Very political. He just would like to destroy [Espino’s] image because I think he is a strong candidate,” said Dr. Perla Legaspi, former director of the UP Center for Local and Regional Governance and former vice chancellor of UP Diliman.

All kinds of issues

“There will always be issues of all kinds against a candidate during elections. That’s why we should be very vigilant when it pertains to governance. Let’s not wait for the elections,” said Legaspi, who is now program head and professor at Lyceum-Northwestern University here.

In a news conference on Friday, Espino said town mayors transacted directly with operators of jai alai, a legal gaming operation that Orduña claimed was a front for jueteng.

Espino said: “There was an issue in Manila about my meeting Mr. Charlie Ang. The man who introduced me to Ang was Mayor Orduña of Bugallon. Mr. Ang sought my permission to visit the mayors so he could apply for business permits to operate jai alai gaming stations.”

“The ones who issue permits are the mayors. Let me repeat that—I did not issue any permit to Mr. Charlie Ang. So how can I ask anything from him?” Espino said.

Provincial records showed that 45 of 48 towns and cities of the province allowed jai alai to operate in their areas, after it was introduced in 2010 by Ang, a consultant to Meridian Vista Gaming Inc.

Senior Supt. Mariano Luis Verzosa, Pangasinan police director, confirmed that jai alai operations in the province were played like jueteng, although the police had not touched them because “they are not illegal.”

Verzosa said Pangasinan was “96 percent jueteng-free” because jai alai operations had become dominant in the province.

“Jai alai betting in the province is like betting in jueteng,” he said. He said in jai alai, a bettor chooses a combination of three numbers from one to 10.

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  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Malakas ang kapit ng NPC dito sa PDI at nawala lahat ng negative comments kay cojuangco! Mabuhay PDI for being impartial!

  • indiosbravos2002

    Wow, whoever supports this guy is commiting political suicide. Masama na madikit pangalan mo sa jueteng but to be connected with Atong Ang, abay may katotohanan to.

    Sa akin lang. Pagmalnis ka na police general, do you thnk makakatagbo kang congressman, yet a governor sa retirement benefits mo? A cngressman will need 25-30 million to run on a certain election. I dont think anyone sa government service can even barely survive with their pension

    • Nilo C

      Maraming NA-IPON ng siya ay dating Police General. Malinis ang PAG-IPON kaya walang nakapansin. Nakikita naman pero ayaw tingnan.

  • indiosbravos2002

    There was a jai-alai fronton besides Harrizon Plaza in Pasay in the late 90s that was ordered closed by the Government. I think its because its illegal to run ne in the Philipines. How come they have one in Pangasna run by none other than Jueteng lord ATONG ANG. Kaya pala bago namatay si Robredo pinagiinitan nya na tong si Ang. Kaso naunang kunin ng lord yong mabuti at naiwan ang intsik na to.

  • JosengSisiw1

    people should now wake up and see these NPC reaction. instead of investigating if the accusation is true, they AUTOMATICALLY try to protect their boy and instantly blame politicking on it. luma na yan. people will not believe it anymore.

    • LucianoChing

      If you are not from Pangasinan and donot know politics in Pangasinan,better not comment….Ikaw ang luma siguro…Just a briefer for you….
      1)Pangasinan is a vote-rich province where a friendly governor to Mar Roxas is needed for his 2016 presidential campaign…
      2)Unfortunately,the LP cannot find a strong candidate to unseat Espino,hence they(LP) were put in a panic mood…
      3)DILG, in cahoots with Mayor Braganza,included Pangasinan in the election hotspot list(1st time ever in the provinces’ history)without consulting Comelec and the LGUs and the Police Provincial Office…
      4)When there was an uproar in Pangasinan with the hotspot issue,the panic mood of the LP Pangasinan compounded…
      5)Then,they wooed Mayor Ordona and Boy Bata on the plunder suit for Espino to be suspended and/or jailed during the campaign period to offset the weakness of the LP candidate.
      6)Even before the filing of candidacies,the province was already buzzing with all kinds of scenarios that the LP will do like'”demolition jobs'” in Pangasinan and Pampanga…Watch the Pampanga events…It will be very interesting too…While I favor Mayor Braganza and Father Panlilio to become governors,with these unfolding events,I have my second thoughts…
      7)Kick out espino and a new breed of jueteng lords will lord it over in Pangasinan,this time more hungry and greedy as it can be.For as long as jueteng is existing include Pang.,along with Bulacan,Pampanga,Batangas,Bataan,Quezon,NuevaEcija,LaUnion and Isabela as the milking cows of the high and the mighty….
      The NPC has all the right to claim harassment of Espino..It does not matter if Espino has a hand in jueteng operations…What matters is the brutal and wanton disregard of decency on the part of the Liberal Party and when you speak of Liberal Party,you cannot set aside the president of the land…

      • JosengSisiw1

        Have you read my comment? You’re too far far far from what I’ve been commenting about. I’m talking about the NPC cleaning their grounds first so they will be more credible to counter the accusation on them. Did I talk about the any other party? READ!

      • LucianoChing

        Your English is as simple as mine so I understand what you meant…What will the NPC clean when there is no dirty aspect to clean?While you did not talk about the other party,you insinuated guilt right away on the Governor….You must know how to read between the lines….Let us be impartial,but must side with what one believes in. In short let us respect our individual opinions….

  • Jimmy

    Sa  mga taga Pangasinan..! Panahon na ng pagbabago.. yong mga korap na opisyal ng Pangasinan ay dapat ng tanggalin…!!!!! Nakikita nyo naman na sila ay mayamang mayaman na..nahihiga sa kwarta at pati kaluluwa ng buong Pangasinan  ay nabibili nila..!! ITIGIL NYO NA ANG JUETENG AT LAHAT NG MGA KASANGKOT DITO AY DAPAT ITAPON SA KULUNGAN…!!!

    • batangsulpok

      Ang problema, ang mga taga-Pangasinan ay nagyayabang pa na ang kanilang mga opisyal ay ang yayaman dahil sa corruption tulad ng ibang kilala kong Pangasinense dito sa U.S., ikinukuwento pa na pabalik-balik dito ang Governor, Congressman o si General na taga-kanila.

  • Midori

    To  former Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco: Magmaang-maangan po ba?! Kakandidato ka po ba ulit? Parang walang ka pong nakuha ah. As in? Clean as a whistle po ba ang peg nyo? Ever since? WEH?!

    To Dr. Perla Legaspi: Ma’am, sabihan ka po ba na tignan natin ang mangyayari sa inyo (mga Orduña) kapag di na Mayor si Mayor Ric, ano pong gagawin nyo? Hihintayin nyo na lang po na pagbabarilin kayo hanggang maubos ang lahi nyo? Sa tingin nyo po ba ganun po kadali gawing umamin sa lagay na ito? Iba po kasi environment within Campus sa “Outside World’ lalo na po kung yung nasa position sa lugar nyo ay pwedeng magdispatsa ng gunmen anytime. Try nyo po kayang makipag-swap ng position kay Mayor? Baka po naka-ihi na kayo just at the thought of doing it. Just saying..

  • Political Jaywalker

    Harassment? Really Mark, your guy is just being harassed, do you really believe people will fall for your laughable denial?

  • PnoyMePagasa

    akala ng trapong lider ng NPC, katulad nya ang mga Pilipino at paniniwalaan ang palusot nya. isama sa imbestigasyon ito at malaman kung malinis nga ito o magkano kaparte nito sa weteng payola.

  • Nilo C

    Hay naku po. Pag mata-as ang puesto na magkaro-on ng issue ang tawag ay “Harassment”. Pag Mahihirap ay deretso ng Kulungan wala ng maraming tanong.

  • nti_boohaya

    Here is a barbershop anylysis with only news clippings as a reference.  Danding = NPC; Espino = NPC; NPC + LP = Pnoy;  Danding + Ang  = SMC.

    Jueteng + Chavit + Erap            =  Good times
    Jueteng + Ang + Erap – Chavit   =  Plunder case (Erap napatalsik sa presidencia)
    Ang + Erap                               = Kulong

    Jueteng + Espino + Ordunes           = Good times
    Jueteng + Espino + Ang – Ordunes  = Plunder case
    Espino + Ang                                 = TBD (to be determined)
    Pnoy – Espino                                =  Straight path
    Pnoy + Ang                                   = Dangerous path
    Pnoy + Ang + Espino + NPC          =  Naloko na                    
    Pnoy + Ordunes                            = Abangan

  • Opel

    sick and tired of hearing police officials say that there is no hueting in their jurisdiction. parang jukebox ang mga hinayupak, kargahan mo ng pera kakantahin na gusto mo.  With a 900 mil earning, hueting lords can make a number of officials in the pnp hierarchy sing like a choir. D@mn!  the PNP’s credibility is so low  an undertaker might just try to permanently bury it. 

  • Summerspice

    The wistle-blowers must also be investigated!!!!!

  • wawangpenoy

    Paano tayo makaka-asa ng pagbabago sa Pinas eh eto nga ang sinasabi ko. Puro corrupt ang tao sa politika. Sa haba ng linya ng nag-hihintay ng torno para makapwesto, linya ng mga corrupt, saan tayo makaka-asa ng pagbabago? Not in a million years dahil yung ipagbubuntis pa lang, nakareserba na ang posisyon.

    Kitang-kita na ang kabalbalan, ipinagtatanggol pa. Ang palasyo naman, walang masabi dahil nga partido ng tiyuhin ang involved. Yan ang sinasabi ni alan cayetano na hindi raw masama ang dynastie kung maayos naman ang magkakamag-anak. Pero kung magnanakaw, which is a norm in politics, paano mo tatanggalin e inugatan na at gagawin lahat para manatili sa posisyon.

    Yung plunder na inihain sa ombudsman, dapat dinggin na yun at arestuhin na tong si espino at napakalakas naman ng evidence eh. Direct from the horse’s mouth ang evidence.

    Calling!!!! Chinese government, puleeeeeeeease, NUKE the Philippines to give us a chance to start from scratch. Wipe us out of existence and just leave a couple or two to multiply and start a new generation. At least this will give the anti-RHB morons satisfaction.

    • vince_bugaboo

      i’m following your posts; you’re making sense. also, i share your bitterness and frustrations, so “blast” them up; i’m behind you.

  • ben311

    puros kagaguhan ang mga tao…pinas walang asenso

  • Alisto Juan

    Zarzuela, gimik, publicity, away aso, tinikling, etc. .  Ganito ang Pinas pag malapit na ang eleksyon. Hay naku. .  

  • $23257130

    ayun naman pala pinupulitka ni mar para sa LP. mga talunan mag sama sama kayo sa pansitan. ppppwwweeehhh kadiri.

    mabuhay si governor espino!

  • Rovingmoron

    If there is smoke, there is fire. What else can you say? Whether there is no concrete evidence that could link Espino to the bigtime jueteng in Pangasinan, there is an indication that he could have been involved, in one way or another. Unfortunately, it is only now that this tool was used to destroy his name.

  • 711sense

    If the story is true which I doubt it in the absence of any credible proof, Orduna seems to be the jueting lord giving bribe to the Governor. More importantly though, he admitted that he was involved in jueting and that to me is a solid evidence enough for the government to file charges against him. So what are they waiting for? oh I forget, they are trying to incriminate Espino so he could not run against their lacky. We shall see if they have enough hard and unquestionable evidence to support their accusations.

    • wawangpenoy

      you’re one of those pinoy morons who when they give their allegiance to a politician, it doesn’t matter if he is a thief, grafter or corrupt, you still see him as immaculate clean.

      you are incapable of analysis and objectivity. your name 711, in case you don’t know, is the name of a game called crap. suits you well ‘cuz you’re full of crap.

  • Penny1985

    Those who are skeptic that Espino is jueteng lord, then believe us who resides here in Pangasinan it’s TRUE! He is arrogant, corrupt and addicted to money. 

    Ikulong la ya lasi ta ampano anggapolay corrupt dya ed Pangasinan.

    • nti_boohaya

      Ano na nga ba ang labas sa pangatlong bola kahapon?  Anong anuncio ng nakikita kong isang AHAS na gustong lamunin ang isang dambuhalang BUWAYA?

      Paki translate nga po ang isinulat mong german sa tagalog para maintindihan din namin.

    • Abdul Rashid

       Face the law whatever it takes. You are still presumed innocent until proven guilty. If you were truly innocent then there is nothing to be afraid of.; Dance with the music!

  • bugoybanggers

    Palusot na naman ng mga POLITIKO. Kaya nga nasa mga BOTANTE lang talaga ang pag pasya kung hahayaan nilang MABULOK ang kanilang kredibilidad bilang mamamayan? Ang mga POLITIKO ay binoto ng mga taga doon dahil sa tiwala o dahil sikat pero kapag UMABOSO man ito sa kanyang tungkulin dapat mismo ang mga mamamayan na ang bahalang maghusga kung patatalsikin ba nila o hahayaan na lang?

  • eivra23

    Kakaiba ang pulitika ng Pangasinan at ok na sana ako kay Mayor Braganza pero biglang naiba ang tingin ko ng gumamit na rin ng dirty tactics…. tsk tsk tsk…. ask Maki Pulido of GMA kung gaano kaiba ang politics sa Pangasinan. Ibang kultura… alalahanin ninyo ang mga Villar ng Sto Tomas… asaan na pala sila? MAR Roxas… guluhin mo ang Iloilo ‘wag ang Pangasinan. Pabayaaan mo na kami ang humusga sa mga nakaupo. Alam namin na madumi sila pero gaya ng national candidates… pareho lang kayo. Ngayon palang Pangasinan will be NO to MAR ROXAS for 2016. 

    • wawangpenoy

      Mga kababayan, eto ang isang example ng isa sa napakadaming dahilan kung bakit hindi na magbabago ang pinas. etong ugok na to, okay lang daw sa buong pangasinan na kurakot ang politiko nila basta pabayaan lang sila. para bang wala silang epekto sa kabuuan ng pilipinas. nagbigay pa ng halimbawa by way of sto.tomas. the way this guy speaks, he is so confident about being an expert in the politics of pangasinan and sto tomas.

      ang masama nito, idinamay pa lahat kaming mga panggalatok. lumalabas na lahat kaming taga pangasinan ay bobo and estupidong katulad nya.

      • eivra23

        Basahin mo nga kung sinabi ko na OK lang ang kurakot sa Pangasinan. Eh kung makapag-salita ka parang ikaw lang may opinyon… ikaw na lang ang panggalatok… hahaha…alam mo ba ibig sabihin niyan. Ugok pa ako ngayon… O siya, magaling ka na. Kami na nagsusumikap palaguhin ang pangasinan… kami walang alam… ikaw na.. ikaw na… Salamat. BTW…. alam namin na maraming Jueteng sa Pagasinan, alam mo ba ang ibig sabihin ng rebisador at kabo, ayun o marami sila sa bawat bayan ng Pangasinan.

    • Tristanism

      Ano po uli? National government should stay out of the Pangasinan huweteng issue kasi you can take care of the problem.Yun po ba yun?

    • Guest

      Nag-umpisa na ang LP sa paghahasik ng gulo at unang tinamaan si Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr. Who’s next?

      • Guest

        Dahil ba sa maganda ang offer ng LP kay Mayor Orduna kaya nagpagamit na
        siya? Ganoon na nga.

  • Sanchez Mira

    Hello Po Sec Roxas we salute you,if you are serious about eradication of Jueteng..the only sec who was ever serious about eradication but also failed was Sec Jose Lina..during his time he formed Team Jericho and they were able to dismantle a few for a while..
    Just like Pangasinan ( or that is what we presume as read in media ) the province of Cagayan is a another area of concern..JUETENG THRIVES HERE..will anyone clean us??

  • esther


  • Guest

    Ano ba nagawa ni Braganza sa Alaminos City? Wala! Ang nagawa lang niya mang-chicks at mangurakot.

    • Guest

      Mismo! Kaya ginigiba nila si Espino dahil gusto ng LP na makapuwesto ang
      bata nilang si Braganza.


  • Gustavo Jr Cuerpo

    I think it is proper time for all political protagonist to be responsible in the political game, the present government is exercising a good governance in order to correct all the previous administrations (except Cory) attitude, those political leaders acting to be an opportunist to others should not be part of Pnoy’s crusade.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Pareho lang naman ang mga yan (braganza o espino) dahil parang mga bagyo lang sila sa pangasinan mapanira tulad ng bagyo ondoy, sendong o pablo….ang kaibahan lang ang bagyo pag dumating umaalis pero ang mga ito habang nasasalanta ay lalo nanggigigil mag stay!

  • dikoy321

    If we KNOW SOME Corrupt official/s in the Philippine gov’t, let’s EXPOSE them QUICKLY so they would STOP, if not brought to jail and the Philippines could breathe a little bit, FREEING  more funds for Health, Education, country’s self Defense, to name a few!

    Forward Philippines !

  • dikoy321

    NPC’s complaint is also a grave form of HARASSMENT against the incumbent Philippine gov’t…!!!

  • Pedro

    WALA  KAMING  PAKIALAM  KUNG  SAANG  PARTIDO  KABILANG  YANG  JUETENG  DEMON  NA  GOVERNOR !  ang  gusto  namin makulong  yan  at  matigil  yang  jueteng  na  sumisira  sa  buhay  ng mahihirap !!

  • blainz

    This news becomes more understandable when the title is read as “NPC decries harassment of its campaign funding.”

  • ben311

    lahat yan tumatangap wag na kayo magbulagbulagan 

  • johnnie r

    Mukhang nakasandal sa PUNO ngayon si ATONG ANG…ma-abilidad talaga.

  • Pedro


    1st –  Those charges against me are all lies ! Hogwash ! Politically  motivated and instigated
    by my  political enemies  who are perennial losers in elections !!

    2nd –  Those  charges against me are part of  a  demolition job against me. You know those
             charges  are rehash of previous charges which have been dismissed already by the 

    3rd –  I will answer  those charges  in due time and I assure you,  my  good name which has        been besmirch  by my political  enemies will be cleared. . 

      ST. LUKES ! DALI !


  • Guest

    That’s the purpose, sirain ang imagae ni Gov. Espino dahil mahina ang pambato ng LP na si Alaminos City Mayor Hernandi Braganza.

  • disqusted0fu

    the Aquino administration has become a bully! using power towards others to achieve their interests. they are bullying their way to convict Arroyo, bullied their way to impeach Corona, bullying their way to pass the RH bill, bullying their way to kill the FOI bill, and now bullying their way to guarantee the win of one of their kkks, and many more. is that a symptom of aspergers or what?

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