Jueteng whistleblower returns to work; Espino says fortune came from businesses



Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr. Photo from pangasinan.gov.ph

DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines — Bugallon Mayor Rodrigo Orduña, the man who blew the whistle on the alleged involvement of Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr. in jueteng operations in the province, reported for work in his town on Monday, this time with security aides monitoring his movements following his exposé last week.

“Hindi pwedeng hindi ko gampanan ang katungkulan ko bilang mayor (I cannot ignore my responsibilities as mayor). There are many offers for me to stay in safe places. But I did not accept the offers and decided to return [to Bugallon] and do my work as mayor,” Orduña told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by telephone from the town hall on Monday.

The mayor said he returned home on Friday night, hours after he filed a plunder case against Espino in the Office of the Ombudsman and after appearing in a press conference at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame with Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Director General Nicanor Bartolome, PNP chief.

Espino had denied the mayor’s allegations, saying these were politically motivated. On Monday, the governor complained that the scandal had bothered his family.

“I’m sad and a little stressed, especially that my family is hurting because of what happened to me,” Espino said.

Orduña is serving his last term as mayor and is running as vice mayor in the 2013 elections.

When asked, Orduña said no death threats hounded him upon his return home. “But I anticipate that threats would soon come,” he said.

Orduña said he hoped that his family would be spared from any threat or danger arising from his expose.

“They should deal only with me. I am their enemy. They should not involve my family. I pray to God to protect my family,” he said.

For the moment, the mayor said, “everything is normal,” although he admitted he had to adjust to some changes in his life, such as living with extra security aides assigned by the PNP.

“I’m used to going around on my own. Ayaw ko sana ng may security (I considered turning down the offer for more security). But police officials told me it was necessary for me to have [security aides],” he said.

“I am able to sleep soundly at night because there are policemen guarding me. I may even gain weight,” he said.

Orduña is a new member of the Liberal Party (LP), drawing commentaries from radio commentators here who concluded that the exposé would benefit Espino’s rival in the gubernatorial race, Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza of LP.

Orduña said he had no political motives when he exposed Espino’s links to jueteng operations in the province, although he admitted consulting Braganza.

“Matagal na akong ginamit ni Espino. Ayaw ko nang pagamit sa iba (I have been used for a long time by Espino. I will not allow myself to be used again). No one can dictate upon [my actions]. I had been planning to expose [jueteng in Pangasinan]. I talked with some groups, who offered support but it was only until I was able to talk with [Braganza] that I decided to finally come out,” he said.

“It is only now that there is someone I can trust. It just so happened that we belong to the same political party,” Orduña said.

If he ever got to again meet Espino personally, Orduña said: “I would tell him to stop lying.”

“He knows what I know and I know what he knows. It is expected that he would deny everything. That is just natural. I know I was involved [in jueteng] and I do not deny that I earned from [the illegal numbers game], but not as much as he earned,” he said.

Espino, a retired police and Philippine Constabulary officer, said what hurt most from Orduña’s allegations was the insinuation that he lived on jueteng money. “That’s very unfair,” he said.

Even before he assumed the post of Pangasinan police director in 1992, Espino said he had been operating a trucking and construction business.

When he left the PNP in 1998, the governor said he pursued farming and poultry raising in Bugallon town.

“I should have been given a chance to answer the accusations first before these were announced to the whole world [by Roxas]. I wasn’t treated fairly as an elected official. It was as if I was already convicted,” he said.

In 2010, Espino appeared before a Senate inquiry after retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz linked him to jueteng operations in the province.

Espino said he has always been against jueteng operations.

As Pangasinan police director, Espino said he and his staff shaved their heads to protest the illegal numbers game. “For almost a year then, there was no jueteng operations in the province,” he said.

One of his officers at that time, Espino said, was incoming PNP chief, Deputy Director General Alan Purisima, then a captain and commander of a detachment in Tayug town.

“In fact, wherever I was assigned then, there was no organized jueteng, even when I was assigned as commander of the Metropolitan District Command (Metrodiscom) in Angeles City,” Espino said.

Contrary to Orduña’s statements, Espino said they were not that close.

Espino said it was Orduña’s older brother, Paterno, a retired police superintendent, who was “like a brother to me.”

He said he met Paterno when he was assigned in Camp Olivas in Pampanga and they developed a deep friendship.

“I only met Ric (Mayor Orduña’s nickname), through Pat, when I was assigned here,” Espino said.

“I won’t even recognize [Orduña’s] children if I see them because I really do not know them. He is not really that close to me as he claimed,” Espino said.

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  • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

    Marumi itong si Espino na ito. Braganza is a straight incorruptible politician from Alaminos unlike Espino, a PMA graduate who has dangerous propensity to corrupt and to corrupt, he did.

    Galing daw sa business niya yong pera. BOGUS. Galing sa taumbayan yan.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UURVPIIP4IXYDRGDRHPWPJ35B4 Alfredo

       so   etong mayoor of alaminos  na si braganza malinis wow nice nmn panumo nasabi na nice?me i am  from pangasinan and  i notice when espino took oath  to his office as a governor of pangasinan  there a lot of changes in our province and in our city especially the hospital and road

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

         changes dont mean he is clean lalo na sa jueteng,

      • jeffrey_01

        correct.  ask the governor what’s the specific source of his fortunes.  

        You can only makes that much wealth from corruptions in this country.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MDOEHEMLNVSTET7ZCS2MKQ7WRI Flavio

         espino, ikaw ba ‘yan ?

    • jeffrey_01

      Most corrupt officials are graduates of PMA.  You can verify.

  • pasaway008ako

    Mr Mayor Orduna, kunting ingat lang. Kahit na sabihin mo pa na walang ‘treat’ sa iyo, Ingat lang, mabigat ang kalaban mo ngayon. Alam mo na ang laban diyan, kahit na huli mo na ng mortal, hindi pa rin aaminin. Kaya ingat ka, baka bukas ay lulutang-lutang ka na lang sa baybay dagat sa dawel!!!  

    • dodong1

      wala ngang TREAT dahil hindi siya ililibre ni espino..pero merong THREAT dahil mabigat ang kalaban niya..KUHA MO..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TCQMRK4HVOSF2IGML46TAGKMXU Benjamin

    Nothing will happen to Espino as usual. Time for this corrupt politician to get jailed and imprisoned for life. Nakakahiya ka!

  • plunderer

    so its time for the BIR to enter the scene

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

      “For almost a year then, there was no jueteng operations in the province”— dyan palang sinungaling ka na Espino.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MDOEHEMLNVSTET7ZCS2MKQ7WRI Flavio

       for almost a year the , there was no jueteng in the province…..of spratleys !

  • jeffrey_01

    Where can you invest and make that much fortune?  He’s a liar like the rest.  

  • Luiting

    Hmmm.. he was a former ally of Espino .thus he was also a part of the plunder case that he pinned on the Governor . Being a whistle-blower should not exempt him from committing the crime nor lessen the gravity of his participation. 

    In my opinion, it is clearly politically-motivated.

    A lesson for Gov. Espino; “Those who lie for you will lie from you.”

    For the new party of the Mayor: “A traitor is always a traitor”

  • jeffrey_01

    Will Orduna discloses how much he earned from Jueteng?  This will makes his allegations more truthful.

  • Ramon Mayuga

    There should be a lifestyle check to find out how much wealth Governor Espino has before, during and after his stint in the government as a police officer. The Office of the Ombudsman should investigate his SALN up to the present.

    If he owns much, much more than he was supposed to legally earn as a government official may be the chicken in his poultry farm have been laying golden eggs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/boy.dalius Boy Dalius

    May jueteng din sa San Fernando City La Union. Confirm nyo pa

    • dodong1

      meron din sa ilocos tanong ninyo kay chavit singson…

      • P1n0y_p0_ak0

        wala daw…pag may ganitong mga kaso, mainit ang jueteng ngayon. pinahinto muna ni chavit yan. pag medyo  iba na ang pinaguusapan sa news, ibabalik nila yan.

  • nti_boohaya

    Sure, what else would anyone say but the fortune came from businesses.  Oooops, there you go.  It doesn’t take a seasoned SPO10 to connect the dots- look at the SALN, bank accounts, and observe how the businesses are doing for over period of time.  Kung magaling ang accountant niya lusot e kung ala Corona naman ay sana di makuha sa technicalities.

  • indiosbravos2002

    There is something wrong with the PMA culture. How come our cadets are not able to bring their idealism to the real world. Once they are sent to the field, they become opportunists and corrupt.

    • catmanjohn

      Because they are paid such low wages, it becomes understandable. President Aquino must raise the salary of certain workers so that there will be no justification of such activities. Credit accesses must be made available and trust restored. A nurse barely makes 8,000P a month. That is barely getting by. How does that feed a family?
      In the case of Espino, it is greed and corruption at its finest.

  • dodong1

    Even before he assumed the post of Pangasinan police director in 1992, Espino said he had been operating a trucking and construction business. WHERE CAN YOU MAKE 2 MILLION PESOS A MONTH FROM A TRUCKING AND CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS???

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Espino said that even before he assumed the post as police director of Pangasinan in 1992′, he was into trucking and construction business. Further he said when he left PNP in 1998′ he pursued farming and poultry raising.
    These are the alibis in case unexplained wealth issue will surface.
    Espino, tell that to the Marines! Palusot ka pa!

    • P1n0y_p0_ak0

      900 million sa trucking, construction, farming and poultry? tangnangyan

    • CheapJ

      That can easily be investigated by BIR. If the numbers don’t match, Espina is in deep trouble. 

    • batangsulpok

      Ganyan naman ang mga Heneral, puro palusot dahil kung bubusisiin, magkano lang naman ang sahod nilal at magkaroon ng trucking at construction business?  Tulad ni General Reyes, nang imbestigahan ay katwiran ay mana sa ina pero mahirap din ang pamilya kaya saan kinuha ang kayamanan, di sa kurakot?

  • dikoy321

    Views from Germany:

    Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr is totally LOST & WRONG !

    As a PUBLIC Official, he and all others MUST always be ready to FACE the Public and NOT ONLY Claim innocence, but really PROVE the same too !

    If he were UPRIGHT like Gov Espino claims, he would LAUGH these accusations off, instead of feel BAD !

    An honest person is NOT at all BOTHERED, because he is CLEAN !

    But when you truly know that even AFTER A GOOD WASH/SHOWER, DIRT Sticks on your hands, elbows, shoes, even in your HEART, you can FEEL that TRUTH & CONSCIENCE will HIT so HARD and GIVE YOU PAIN !

    If you made a LITTLE money from Jueteng, just gamely ADMIT it and TELL A LIE NO MORE ! 

    REPENT and TAKE A LIFE Renewal !

    That’s HOW it OUGHT TO BE, Wherever/Whenever, for EVERYONE, private or Public individual !

    Forward Philippines !!!

    • CheapJ

      And step down from office.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2SAS5EA3XCKC7Z3D7ODUHO2KFE lone ranger

    onsehan sa hatian ng pera, parehas i salvage, tapos ang problema.

  • catmanjohn

    The Bureau of Internal Revenue should be able to prove all his fabrications, unless they are on the take too. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro


  • JK1000

    Why don’t you ask Espino about the allegation against him with regard to then bold star Lampel Cojuangco when the latter did a show in Angeles City,Pampanga. Chief Espino then asked his people to arrest the bold star and bring her to his office while the star is doing her show inside a night club when he was still the Chief of Angeles City Metrodiscom Police Force. According to my friend from that city, some of his police friends told him that Espino allegedly sexually assaulted Lampel Cojuangco in his office. Bold star Lampel Cojuangco’s manager at that time is none other than Mr. Boy Abunda. My friend told me that cops in that city called him ” Manyakis”. According to my friend , his cops friends used the word “RAPED” not sexual assault.

  • JK1000

    Bata yan ni Danding Cojuangco si Espino, Siguradong isang tawag lang ni Dinanding kay Noynoy ay lusot na ang BUWAYA yan.

  • dong666

     naku gov kailan lang kaya yang manokan mo. at ang constraction mo yng bata mo na police nag mamay ari nyan

  • EdgarEdgar

    There is probably a grain of truth in the allegations of Mayor Orduña. In his press conference last Friday, I agree with his every word when he said jueting is big money and big money needs big protection from big protectors going all the way up to the palace. But Mayor Orduña was also quick to admit that the last bit was only an assumption. The dilemma for Mar Roxas and the palace today is how do they go after Espino and Arroyo without shooting themselves on the foot. Given that jueteng still thrives to this day like never before, sooner or later someone among the KKK and Tito Babalu will get implicated. Even the president is just a breath away from getting implicated if he’s not careful. Laws can be applied selectively by whoever is in power but it has a way of backfiring or resulting in unintended consequences. Seeing the peril they have placed themselves in, the palace spokesperson Edwin Lacierda was quick to distance and dissociate the administration from the whistleblower. Within 72 hours, there was a sudden change of heart. How money moves the world, and made the administration turn on its own whistleblower.

  • xravext

    Alaga yan ni Arroyo noon pero nag-iba na ngayon.. supported daw nia ang Aquino’s administration.. E panu ngayon dahil iimbestigahan siya under Aquino’s administration.. kanino siya lalapit.. After Black sand issue then ito pa kasunod.. Meron pa talagang jueteng kc maraming umaasa na kumita ng pera sa sugal,ang kaso nga lang lalong yumayaman ang mga pasimuno nito. Kailangang matigil na talaga. There’s truth behind all these issue.

  • batangpaslit

    grain of truth? grains, plural, maniwala ako.
    hindi mapigil ang Jueteng habang may taong pumupusta.
    ang mayaman, merong Casino at Jai Alai.
    ang pobre—-Jueteng

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H4PIIBVQK4BSXMIKFRWWAAQAUY Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

    Sunod na press release ni Orduña  tatakbo as Governor.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H4PIIBVQK4BSXMIKFRWWAAQAUY Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

    Orduna is a perfect example of someone who will do anything to cling on to his office.  Saan ka naman nakakita na Mayor tapos tatakbo ng Vice Mayor.  Parang presidente tas tumakbo as congressman.  oopps … :D

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TEOSCI2JAJC5I6KMHVZNYEIEKY Rick

      dapat hindi lang c gov espino ang imbistigahan. isama rin c mayor orduna. b4 sya naging mayor ay nagrerent lang sya ng bahay, ngayon meron sya palasyo at madami p sasakyan,my lexus p yata. d naman kelangan ni mayor ng security, kulang p b ung mga gun for hire n nakapalibot s kanya? paging PNP, bk8 hinahayaan nyo  n gagala gala ang mga gun for hire ni mayor. punta lang kayo s munisipyo at nandon sila

  • LegalJustice

    Mr. Espino aka FG Arroyo and Mr. Topacio always over used statement is Politically Motivated.

    Ah, Talaga ha.

    Espino say: Fortune came from businesses: Is it legal or illegal businesses ?

    I hope you won’t do aka former JC Corona statement: I’ve been saving Dollars since grade school, Ha..

  • LegalJustice

    There is no way Mayor Orduna will risk is life and put his family in danger mentioning the Big Fish in this jueteng expose.

    Remember: Professional Crooks don’t accept Cashier Check nor Personal Check nor Fund Transfer  – It has to be Cold Cash in the paper bag and at the same time they only pay in Cold Cash too.

    Let see now how good is The Philippine Government on there investigation !

    • Luiting

      Probably, before he even initiated to blow the whistle, he was already confident on the safety of his family, somebody might be  backing him up. More like a conspiracy to put down Gov. Espino (politically). Anybody with matured mind can discern that the latter is guilty of the allegation, but the whistle-blower (before he became one) was also a culprit on the allegation. The Mayor (willing accomplice) is the perfect guy to defame the Gov., he was a close allegiance..they were on the same boat, enjoying the illegal harvest of jueteng. It doesn’t matter if the Mayor received lesser share, he still was a part of it. It’s just that the Gov. might be a couple of level higher than him.

      If he was “truly” a whistle-blower, he should have done the expose the very time he became aware of it..but nay, he gained from it; and with his expose he expects to gain again.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWH5SD6XPM3XKND6PJQQ32ZRAU Mabuhay

    business nga naman……jueteng business

  • vince_bugaboo

    espino bakit ako meron din trucking tsaka construction bisnes pero hindi ko maipun-ipon ang halagang 900 to 9,000 pesos, pero ikaw nakaipon ng 900 million? naga-alaga pa ako ng manok tsaka bibe at pag di ko sila pinapakain tumatanggap pa ako ng labada tsaka baby-sitting, pero di pa rin ako maka-ipon ng sapat na pangtaya sa hueteng. 
    at anong sabi mong walang ng hueteng sa pangasinan, anak ka ng ashtray! dian nga nauubos ang kinikita ko sa ekstrang pagla-labada e!

    tsaka, mahusay ka palang magpayaman dahil sa bisnes, bakit di mo payamanin ang pangasinan para masaya at sumagana rin ang buhay ng mga Panggalatok?

  • pilipino

    Tens of millions monthly from Espino’s businesses? Ang galing pala niya sa negosyo, parang si Mikey Arrovo! BIR should start looking into his SALN and his personal ITR and the ITRs of his businesses at malalantad ngayon kung gaano katotoo ang kanyang sinasabi. Baka mapunta pa sa tax evasion, etc.

  • LegalJustice

    Ah, Talaga ha…..

    sabi ni Espino: Fortune came from businesses.

    It seems my cliff-hanger pa ang statement ni Gov Espino dito:

    Hindi niya sinabi kung: illegal ang businesses or legal ang businesses.

    Bakit pa tumakbo pa siya ng Congressman and Governor kung his businesses were so successful in the first place medyo yata hindi kapani-paniwala pihadong nag-papalusot ito.

    Kakagat kaya ang mga Taong Bayan sa palusot na ito ?

    Ngayong mahirap mo ng paekutin ang mga ulo ng Filipino – nagsawa din kay GMA at FG at kay Mang Topacio.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

      Jueteng nga yung business nya ano ka ba hahaha

  • Pulokoy

    wheelchair for sale murang mura lang , buy 1 take 1 LOL 

  • JK1000

    Si Orduna di siya ganyan salita kung wala ebidensiya. Sabi Instik, “Ang tao di gawa o imbento salita kapag wala ebidensiya sa kalaban, lalo alam siya patayin ng kalaban”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HCO7FLGFY6OHY2TWAODG2UTHQ Alex

    Mam Miriam’s equation was extremely precise: PNP + DILG = JUETENG. An erstwhile PNP official Espino turned DILG/elective official summed up to JUETENG.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HCO7FLGFY6OHY2TWAODG2UTHQ Alex


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HCO7FLGFY6OHY2TWAODG2UTHQ Alex


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