Danding party, farmers’ group back governor vs murder charge

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The political party founded by an uncle of President Benigno Aquino III, businessman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, on Thursday cried foul over what it said was political harassment and machinations being used against its candidates in Pangasinan led by reelectionist Gov. Amado Espino.

Former Rep. Mark Cojuangco, chair of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) in Pangasinan and son of Danding, said the NPC will continue to support Espino in the wake of a murder case being linked to the governor.

“It is unfortunate that [President Aquino’s] ‘daan na matuwid’ (straight path) is now opportunistically hijacked by underlings, for partisan ends,” said Mark in a text message.

“We are very dismayed over these petty tactics against our candidate,” he said in a statement.

In another statement, the Abono party-list group also expressed disbelief at allegations that Espino is involved in the murder of Ruperto Martinez, mayor of Infanta town.

“Mayor Martinez consistently delivered votes to the NPC. It is impossible for his allies to order his murder,” said Rosendo So, Abono chair, in a statement.

“This is not a joke. If they are training their guns on Governor Espino, they will allow the real mastermind to get away and justice will not be served,” So said.

The National Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday filed a murder complaint against Espino and Rep. Jesus Celeste based on the testimony of a 16-year-old boy who linked Espino and Celeste to the murder of Martinez.

Mark Cojuangco said Espino and Celeste were “collateral damage” in the campaign to remove non-Liberal Party members from local positions. With a report from Yolanda Sotelo, Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • calixto909

    Pure and simple machination of NPC and this paid  writer Ms Sotelo to becloud the issue against their party mate Espino’s murder case using politics as a squid tactic. Using any political party as a reason is the lipstick to repaint the truth with lies and an old hat trick employed to fuddle the minds of the reading public with hope that the public opinion can sway the court’s decision to their favor.

  • tunderlulo

    Gumawa na naman ang mga TRAPO ng sistema para pagtakpan ang kaso ni Espina at si Noynoy ang sangkalan. Dating gawain na ito ng mga pulitikong yumaman sa korupsiyon at pumapatay ng kalaban para masolo ang kapangyarihan at kayamanan na galing sa pundo ng bayan.

    • $20174498

       Hindi po kalaban ni Gov. Espino sa pulitika ang napatay na Mayor Martinez, kapartido po nila sa ito NPC. Kung sino ang nagpapatay defies logic.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Ang partidong pagtaktakpan ang nagkamaling member ay partido ng trapo. NPC walang kaibahan sa UNA.

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

    Buti alam mo Mark na collateral damage si Espino.
    May hindi ka alam na alam ng NBI.

  • Rovingmoron

    Based on what I read, “blood is not thicker than water anymore.”  Just because of differences in party affiliations, blood ties are no longer important these days between P-Noy and his close relatives. Now, the public is beginning to think that ever since Danding Cojuangco is indifferent to the Aquinos. Otherwise, he could have joined forces with the LP because P-Noy is his nephew. But he has other personal motives behind other than politics.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Danding was Marcos favorite dummy crook and he enjoy more than anybody else Ninoy death.
    He is on of the World worst criminal, its very strange to see him enjoying life and freedom with arrogance.

    If not hang by the feet, he should be rotting in a deep, humid and rats infested jail,
    family assets sequestered.

    A Pol-Pot would be welcome to take care of this kind of robbers.

    Only da Philippines

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