NPC stands by Pangasinan governor Espino despite jueteng bribe allegations

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MANILA, Philippines—The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) issued a statement on Wednesday, defending Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino from allegations that he had collected some P900 million in bribes from illegal gambling operators in his province.

Valenzuela Rep. Rex Gatchalian, the NPC spokesperson, said local politics likely triggered the accusations against Espino. The re-electionist Espino is being challenged in the 2013 election contest by Alaminos Mayor Hernani Braganza, a member of President Aquino’s Liberal Party.

“Let us not forget that elections are coming and given the huge advantage that he enjoys over his perceived opponents as evidenced by the latest survey results, it is not hard to think that politics could be the reason behind all these (attacks),” Gatchalian said.

The NPC statement described Espino as a “member of good standing [who] has a long and distinguished track record as a public servant.”

“The NPC is solidly behind Governor Espino who has been dragged into this controversy, not by his own doing, but by some people who were out to destroy his good name and reputation,” Gatchalian said.

Gatchalian described the accusations made by Bugallon Mayor Rodrigo Orduña as “nothing but mere allegations because they failed to present any solid proof to back up their claims.”

It was Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the LP president “on leave,” who presented Orduña, a confessed jueteng bagman of Espino, at a press conference to detail his accusations against the governor.

A confessed jueteng operator, Fernando “Boy Bata” Alimagno, later executed an affidavit corroborating Orduña’s accusations.

“In the end, we are confident that Governor Espino will be vindicated, not only in the forthcoming probe on the matter, but more importantly in the coming elections when the people would surely re-elect him into office,” Gatchalian said.

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  • Summerspice

    Apparently,the Administration wants Espino out before the election para panalo si Braganza.Politics in the Phililiuppines is disgusting!!!!

  • LucianoChing

    Politics is the main reason why the administration is allout to demolish the person of Espino….
    At the eve of an election period,probes and investigations are not believed by people….

  • ApoLapullapu

    Even if Espino really made money out of Jueteng, he cannot be entirely blamed because people  want to bet.  Better legalize Jueting so that it will cease to be a source of corruption. Any pleasant activity declared illegal breeds corruption.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

    Yong mga korap syempre ipagtatanggol ang kapwa korap…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • les21reago

    Party mates in the Philippines is a CLUB or SYNDICATE that operates on personal yearns…Instead of ferreting OUT and carry OUT party INVESTIGATION they would conclude it right away POLITICALLY motivated…How could that be GATCHALIAN talking 2013 election when ESPINO name is on the LIST of BISHOP Cruz long before as JUETING protector.?
    Solid evidence though HARD in here BUT the daring of Bugallon Mayor that he could stare face Espino EYE to EYE and will told the later DON’T LIE is more a solid proof of said allegation.

  • demonYOU

    Sino pa ba naman ang magkakampihan eh di mga kapuwa mga nakikinabang sa kaban ng bayan! dito hindi totoo ang kasabihan na ang magnanakaw ay galit sa kapuwa magnanakaw! nadungisan ang titulo na magnanakaw dahil sinamahan ng salitang politiko!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4C2SFYIH52Y2KR7QPZPHJO2XQQ sl1

    Instead of looking into the problem whether the allegation is true or not, Rep. Rex Gatchalian immediately assume him not guilty or just trying to be blind and mislead the people. Your loyalty is misplaced Rep. Rex Gatchalian…it should be to the Filipino people and not to your fellow partymates when illegal acts have been done.

  • $37644997

    Birds of the same feathers flocks together
    Ducks that quacks a lot follows the leader  
    Wolves in sheep’s clothing are hardly noticeable until one howls at them,then you know that  they’re one of the same. 

  • Albert Einstien

    jueteng political coalition….jpc….vs libog party ( pro-RH ) …..lol

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