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

A team of investigators from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has started looking into the bank accounts and assets of Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr., who has been accused of coddling operators of the illegal numbers game, or “jueteng,” in his province.

In a news briefing at Camp Crame Wednesday, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas said Interior Undersecretary Rafael Santos is heading the team that has asked the Anti-Money Laundering Council to review the transactions involving Espino’s bank accounts.

Roxas said the DILG investigators has also sought the assistance of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and other government agencies to check the properties Espino owns and the taxes he had paid.

“They have also sent a letter and officially communicated with Governor Espino. We expect him to answer formally the complaint by (Bugallon Mayor Rodrigo) Orduña against him,” he said.

Roxas said he cannot order the immediate suspension of Espino until the team has completed its investigation.

Orduña, who admitted to having been the one to have collected protection money from illegal gambling operators for Espino, surfaced last week and accused his former boss and political ally of amassing up to P900 million in jueteng payoffs.

Orduña and a confessed jueteng operator, Fernando “Boy Bata” Alimagno, also filed plunder charges against Espino with the Office of the Ombudsman.

“We are also asking other government agencies if the properties and assets he (Espino) listed in his SALN (statement of assets, liabilities and net worth) correspond to the alleged P900 million (in protection money) he received. If not, where’s the money?” Roxas said.

He said the investigating team would first look at the documents pertaining to Orduña’s allegations. “But we may also hold hearings if needed,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) on Wednesday issued a statement defending Espino from the allegations.

Valenzuela Rep. Rex Gatchalian, NPC spokesperson, said local politics may have triggered the accusations against Espino. The reelectionist Espino is being challenged in the 2013 election contest by Alaminos Mayor Hernani Braganza, a member of President Aquino’s Liberal Party. With a report from Christian V. Esguerra


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Tags: DILG , gambling , Gov. Amado Espino Jr , Government , illegal numbers game , Jueteng , local government , Mike Arroyo , Pangasinan , Rodrigo Orduña , Ronaldo Puno


  • $37644997

    $ Do you see what I see? $

  • rolandtr

    Mar Roxas’ political advisers are morons! He should fire these people. The loser in this controversy is not Gov. Espino. Mar Roxas is the loser here..

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

      ungas ka pala e. kung dinismiss ni Rojas si Espino e di demandang umaatikabo ang inabot nya. the DILG Sec is required to give any government official due process. bweeseeet

      • rolandtr

        i do not know if you are close to Mar Roxas but if Mar wants to win the presidential election in 2016, this is not the way to win it. Gov. Garcia of Cebu is a damaged good so kicking her out is politically safe. However Gov Espino is very popular among Pangasinense. Just look at Lingayen, it has never been more pretty and progressive than it is now during the tenure of Espino. This cavalier crusading drive to fight jueteng in open media without the foolproof body of evidence except a testimony of a Mayor is so slippery. The testimony should have been backed up by bank accounts, list of assets, lifestyle check, etc..before it was made public. Again I say, Mar’s political advisers are morons. He is the loser here not Espino.

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        Roxas is doing his job to investigate.  Nobody in previous administrations pursue any jueteng leads except accept jueteng bribe money.

        Orduna is telling the truth but he must be investigated and charge as well.

  • Luthmar

    The money, perhaps,  is in cash and in a vault somewhere (style Ampatuans).  Or, buried all over the place; or, distributed among children, brothers, sisters and what have you.  It will not be difficult for the investigators to find them.

  • batangsulpok

    Dito mapapatunayan kung may political will si Roxas dahil maraming tao ang sangkot, lalo na ang mga Heneral sa PNP na sobra ang pakinabang sa jueteng kaya hindi mapatigil dahil mismong ordinaryong Pulis ay nangongolekta.

  • EdgarEdgar

    Jueteng is big money and big money will always leave some traces behind even if most money changed hands in cold cash. Unfortunately for DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, our AMLC Chief Vicente Aquino and his team have not had much experience in this kind of sleuth work. The work they did on Corona had to be supplemented by a lot of fishing expedition and bank document theft. AMLC missed out completely on the opportunity to hone and improve their forensic skills right when the pyramid scam was taking a life of its own. I hope Espino will voluntarily give them a clue or two just to help Mar and his team along. Desperately trying to shore up his credibility, Mar Roxas cannot afford to have his anti-jueteng drive blow up on his face again. On the other hand, Espino should also get some of the blame for standing in the way of LP. Being the top second among all provinces in terms of registered voter population according to Comelec, Pangasinan is naturally coveted by any presidential wannabe. Not only is Pangasinan vote-rich, it also has a broad consumer base for any numbers game like jueteng. At this juncture, Espino can spare himself from all the trouble and persecution by working something out with LP and the administration. He can switch alliance, promise to deliver the numbers for LP and still keep the earnings of his numbers game. LP can always ditch its own candidate in favor of political expediency. If Noynoy can readily abandon the search for his father’s killers in order to kiss and make up with Tito Danding, Espino and LP can also do no less. To quote a favorite sound bite of Mar Roxas, this is a win-win solution.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      EdgarEdgar got the idea from the Arroyos how the jueteng money flows to the top.

      • EdgarEdgar

        No, i got the idea from Tito Babalu.

  • Summerspice

    A plunder case has been filed against Espino.Why is DILG investigating him?Di ba dapat Ombudsman na ang mag-investigate?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H47CPJUE4QYKFUCKSUXK3LNBGI Allan

      dilg has jurisdiction over local government officals, hence DI and Local Government. pagtapos makakuha ng evidence ang dilg, ombudsman, at kung may prima facie evidence, tuloy sa sandiganbayan.

      this is the way to daang matuwid. sana lang ay hindi pakitang-tao.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJ76CX2OMZA5NVTAXNSNABESD4 jameS

    politically motivated or not, espino should be investigated

  • JK1000

    Dapat isama ang kaso nang dating bold star Lampel Cojuangco nanoon daw sabi ng friend ko sa angeles city,pampanga na binaboy daw ni Espino jr. sa loob ng opisina niya noon na siya pa ang hepe ng police force doon. Ang manager ni Lampel Cojuangco noon ay si Boy Abunda.

  • LegalJustice

    Why does the DILG need to broadcast what do they need to do – to probe governor assets.

    Why o why o why ?

    What is this Pa Pogi Point ?

    How would you catch this crook for you are giving them some tip, duh.

    I don’t think in P’noy’s time – they will ever be able to put a Big Fish behind bars – I will bet Topacio 2 small balls.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Ngayon, may pagasa pa.  Ang talagang wala na ay ang nakaraan, di ba?  May idea ka na siguro, kung bakit nagkagano’n.  At least, ngayon, mayro’n kang alam na at least apat na malalaking isda ang hindi magpapasko sa bahay nila.  Kung bakit sila sabay-sabay na nasa hospital, siguro naman alam mo na rin kung bakit.

  • Summerspice

    Probe all assets of politicians!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      siyempre, one by one.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HPGUIIJ44DMCSONOPI4JAEMUZM lex

    Gimmick lang ito! mukhang kasali din ang DILG he  he he, 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      eh, bakit sasali ka pa?

  • droccu

    That’s the way to go ala Corona: SALNs and BIR. Impossible na walang money trail somewhere…

  • maxbrowsing

    next is Freedom Of  Information..yan ang kailangan para wlang maitatagong yaman ang public servant..taxpayers money e dapat nakikita ang pinaggagamitan..en lahat ng publice servant e dpat makita ang kanilang asset before during en after ng kanilang paninibilyan otherwise my philippines will suffer with wlang kamatayang kultural cancer ng pinas na corruption

  • tata_boy

    paano na iyong mga $$$ accounts?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AUNBI66J3EGEPMV5LFCN53OUGI JEO

    Hopefully our government is not just playing around! we have so many corrupt governors and congressman but I didn’t hear anyone that is being punished.

    Philippines needed more hard work to prove its worth and promise!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V6PVNYINOXRDLHESBN37XGQBGQ ROMEO

    yan si espino d tubong pangasinan yan pero piniling manirahan sa pangasinan dahil kumikita, ewan ko lng kung san galing un mga kinikita niya.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

    “local politics may have triggered the accusations”…kung hindi totoo, bakit hindi na lang mag-cooperate sa investigation para mapadali ito, para na rin sa kanilang kabutihan…that is, kung inosente sila.  Masyado nang gasgas ang ‘political harassment’ parang gulong ng sasakyang hindi na pakikinabangan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H47CPJUE4QYKFUCKSUXK3LNBGI Allan

    when he said he has businesses (should be conflict of interest or unfair advantage), he admitted that he has money. what the government needs to do are 1) freeze his assets that are not commensurate to his income, 2) check his SALN, 3) put him on suspension, 4) file administrative and criminal charges against him. dilg must show they are serious about weeding out bad apples even if they belong to their party or not. by this, the people will rally behind them. i know i will.

  • walangutak

    Attention investigators from DILG, please include mayor Rudy Espinosa and daughter vice mayor Daydee (days hotel) Espinosa Zambo in your life style check. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

       I hope someone in authority read your comment.

  • wakats

    Looking into espino’s assets is indicative that mere testimonies of junior jueteng operators against espino are not sufficient to sustain the plunder case.

    If the AMLC & BIR come out with incriminating evidence, then it would be forfeiture/recovery of unexplained wealth and not plunder.

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

    May makikita kayang yaman?
    Wais at magulang yang si Espino at di ilalagay sa pangalan nya ang jueteng money!
    PMA graduate yata yan!

  • dodong1

    walang mangyayari dito gaya sa nangyari kay coronakot..hindi rin nman nakumpiska yung mga korakot nyang pera kaya sayang lang ang oras nila..dapat tanggal tapos kunin din yung mga perang hindi talaga sa kanila….

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Orduna should also be investigated and charge.

    • maniniyot kho

      At ikulong pa ang buong pamilya ng di na pamarisan, itong mga magnanakaw sa gobyerno ang unang dahilan ng ating matinding kahirapan. Kunin na sanang lahat sila ni Lord….. Amen !!!

  • LucianoChing

    Motive of political gain through demolition jobs is now starting to crop-out..WHY? Because if Mayor Ordunas’ purpose in coming out was really to help stamp out jueteng,the DILG should have made a discreet investigation on his allegations before coming out with a press conference in Crame….You guys are funny…After the prime-up press conference,now you investigate?Investigate first Ordunas allegations,then come out with a press conference supported by documentary evidence,added with the testimonial evidence of Boy Bata and Orduna… If  only DILG took this sequence,motive and credility is not questioned….
    Garapal kc ang mga ikinilos ng DILG kaya tuloy nainis mga mamamayan….Lumalabas na parang batuhan lang ng mga sanggano sa kalye ang sanay isang achievment ng DILG….

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      I think the investigation is better in public view.  If found that Espino has nothing to do with jueteng, his name will clear up immediately and should charge Orduna of libel. 

      The investigation should be quick and not continue until election campaign.   

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Should give time to the crooks to stash their loots and run away abroad.

    • rayingga

      Ikaw lang at ang mga kagaya mong tuta ni Espino ang galit at hindi ang mga mamamayang gusto ng tunay na pagbabago

  • LegalJustice

    Have they not learned anything from Mr. Corona.

    Not only check Gov Espino assets also his next of kin: Children, Wife, Mistresses and so on.

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    check also children bank statement and assets and bank transaction and his SALN.

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    kasuhan niyo na kaagad ng Tax evasion ang ugok na Governor..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

    Announcement to St. Lukes, there will be another VIP patient in your hospital in the soonest time. Prepare the ambulance and the wheelchair.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Easier and fair to move the Hospital to Bilibid

    • ddano

       Baka kailangan din ng kulyar na bakal na gaya ng kay gloria.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

    Next stop is the Pineda of Pampanga, the kumare of PGMA. Check nyo din sya pati asawa at anak.

  • 1GeorgeTolentino2

    NBI and PDEA, investigate the movement of ships in and out of the Sual power plant. Why are the people of Espino stationed inside the Power plant and why are they in control of one warehouse? Shabu goes freely into Pangasinan and the PDEA has been forced to vacate its regional office and transfer to La Union after it was mysteriously bombed last August!

  • ofwme2807

    another corrupt general turned politician…jueteng lord of the province what happened to the code of PMA cadets???this is a perfect example of corrupt government official which must be removed from power…gen. (retired) espino do us a favor just do it, do what angelo reyes did…

  • ofwme2807

    the name Espinos are now synonymous and in the same level as the corrupt retired AFP and PNP generals Jacinto Ligot, convicted Carlos Garcia, the euro generals, the pasalubong and pabaon generals, and of course Angie Reyes…all have been corrupted by the system, power and money…

    • batangsulpok

      Sa ngayon ay mabibilang sa daliri ang nag-retire na Heneral ang hindi mayaman pero nang pumasok sila sa PMA ay mahihirap ang mga magulang na di kaya silang papag-aralin ng kolehiyo.  Tulad ni Espino, ang ama niya ang Chief of Staff ng AFP noong martial law at siya lang ang unang Heneral na nakapagpatayo ng bahay sa Forbes Park na puro milyonaryo lang ang nakatira kaya nang nasa serbisyo pa ako, may sabi si Marcos na “Mabuhay ang Pilipino” at napalitan ng “Mabuhay si Espino”.

  • AllinLawisFair

    If the allegation of Bugallon Mayor Rodrigo Orduna is true, then Governor Espino must be a billionaire many times over.

    But Espino claims that he has businesses, one of which is his poultry farm. He may perhaps claim that his chickens lay golden eggs and are the main source of his multi-billion wealth.

  • LucianoChing

    The Liberal Party Sec. Gen. said that Espinos’ case is not about politics,yet he said that the LP governatorial bet has a good chance againts Espino…
    If this Sec. only knew Pangasinan,he would be scared to death coz Mayor Braganza,at this point in time,is far behind in all surveys conducted by several groups..
    Only an agressive,consistent and  sustained demolition jobs,coupled with the incarceration of Espino before the election period,will probably make Braganza win by the slimmest of margin…
    So to the LP,homongous task ahead!

  • opinyonlangpo

    Who is not corrupt? The accusers themselves are corrupt and corruptors.

  • Jerry_SeinfeId

    Pag ang baho sumingaw na, sasabihin political motives ang issue. My goodness, Rex Gatchalian maybe ignorant but not that naive comparable to a blind man. He knows a great deal about JUETENG, huy… pinsan ko nagtratrabaho sa iyo, buking ka na din.

  • disqusted0fu

    Pangasinan – check
    Cebu – check
    Next!!!

  • demonYOU

    tignan ang pinagmamalaki niya business na farming at poultry raising daw para makita kung ganun nga kalaki kumita at kaya niya ang mga assets na makikita sa pangalan niya, sa asawa at mga anak! siguro kahit mga in-laws at sarili mga kapatid para sigurado!

  • agaylaya

    Hindi pa rin tumigil ang jueteng sa Pangasinan. Kahapon ng umaga tumaya yung kapatid ko sa jai alai (aka jueteng) dyan sa harap ng mga palengke sa paradahan ng mga bus at jeep sa bayan ng Calasiao, Malasiqui, at  Bayambang at San Carlos City. Kung hindi na si Espino, sino na ngayon ang bagong “lord”? Si Roxas?

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

    Masyadong  TRAPO  itong Valenzuela congressman na ito ! Ayaw tumulong sa paglilinis ni President Noynoy sa mga BULOK sa gobyerno ! Laging ikinakatwiran pag nabubuko na , pag nahuhuli na sa corruption ay ” PULITIKA ” raw ! PURO KAPAKANAN NG PARTIDO ANG NASA ISIP NYO ! PAPAANO NAMAN ANG TAONG BAYAN ? Bakit hindi nyo muna antayin na matapos ang imbestigasyon ! At dapat kung makabayan ka at nakita mong malakas ang EBIDENSYA laban kay Espino, YOU SHOULD DISOWN ESPINO . . . HWAG KA MUNANG PUMUTAK NGAYON. . . HOWEVER WE CANNOT BLAME YOU. . . YOU ARE JUST BEING TRUE TO FORM. . . YOU AND YOUR COHORTS ARE CERTIFIED TRUE BLOODED TRAPOS, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, INSIDE AND OUT. . . . . .

    • antonioluna

      may nakita ka na bang KKK ni Abnoy na naiimbestigahan?

  • kabayandinako

    Medyo malapit nang matuldukan si Espino. May kahirapang ipaliwanag ang relasyon ng tunay na account nya sa mga bangko, ng kanyang SALN, ng kanyang tax payments, at lalabas pa sigurado sa imbestigasyon ang mga ari-arian ng kanyang mga mahal sa buhay tulad ng ginawang pag himay sa kayamanan ni Corona at iba pang yumaman sa tungkulin.

  • ManongOsang

    Kung TALAGANG GUSTO Ninyo ng PAGBABAGO…

    You need to SUPPORT PNOY ALL THE WAY !!! 3 short years nalang si Pnoy!!!

    BOTTOM LINE………

    KAILANGAN MAY MAKULONG NA MATATAAS na Corrupt!

    Powerful Politicians like ESPINO, GARCIA should be pursued no matter what !!!!

  • dong666

    Cong. Magkano intel mo weekly

  • dong666

    Gov. Sundan mo nlang apak ni General. Reyes kaysa mawALA yang kayamanan

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/VBN5IUGKHSGIHDV5L6QVG2KBTI Leop233

    No need to broadcast the investigation…



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