Former Pangasinan governor Amado Espino hurt in ambush

Robie de Guzman   •   September 11, 2019   •   753

The vehicle that former governor and congressman of Pangasinan Amado Espino, Jr. was riding in when he was ambushed on September 11, 2019 | 📷 Senator Richard Gordon Twitter

Former Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr. was hurt in an ambush on Wednesday (September 11) afternoon, according to an initial report released by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Details from the Police Regional Office 1 showed that Espino was onboard his vehicle when he was shot by a still unidentified suspect.

The shooting incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. in Barangay Magtaking, San Carlos City in Pangasinan.

Espino, who was also a former congressman, sustained injuries and was rushed to Holy Blessed Hospital in the said city, the police said.

“Personnel of San Carlos CPS are now conducting dragnet operation for the possible identification and arrest of the suspect/s. Invest still ongoing,” the initial report said.

In a series of tweets posted by Senator Richard Gordon, he said Espino is in critical condition.

All five of his bodyguards were killed in the incident.

“We just learned that former governor and Cong. of Pangasinan Amado Espino, Jr. has just been ambushed and is now fighting for his life in a hospital in Pangasinan. All 5 of his bodyguards heroically shielded Espino with their bodies and they all perished,” Gordon said.

He also called on the PNP to mobilize its forces and immediately track the perpetrators.

“The victims were all riding a Toyota Inova van with no back-up. This is completely unacceptable in this day and age, yet it happens with impunity. The police should be able to track down the perpetrators if they act fast,” he said.

“I call on PNP Chief Albayalde to mobilize all police forces to track down the killers and bring them to justice,” he added.

PCG still searching for missing 7 Pangasinan fishermen

Robie de Guzman   •   January 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday said search operations are still ongoing for the seven fishermen who went missing after they left the shores of Dasol, Pangasinan.

In a statement, the PCG said an aerial search is being conducted to look for the missing fishermen. Personnel from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Navy are also assisting in the search and rescue operations.

The missing fishermen onboard FB Narem 2 reportedly went out to catch some fish last January 6. The group was expected to return to Infanta, Pangasinan on January 14, according to fishing boat owner Christine Macaraig.

The vessel is skippered by Alberto Roldan, with crew members Roderick Montemayor, Homar Maglantay, Jerome Maglantay, Ejay Dela Cruz, Larry Legaspi, and Jefferson Bernabe.

The fishing vessel’s location was last reported at 60 to 90 nautical miles off Camaso Island in Dasol.

The PCG said another vessel will be deployed to help in the search effort.

The agency also called on other local fishers to report to authorities any sighting of the missing fishermen. — RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Retired cop killed in Calasiao ambush

Robie de Guzman   •   January 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A retired policeman was killed in an ambush in Calasiao, Pangasinan on Thursday afternoon.

Initial police report identified the victim as retired police general Marlo Chan.

Authorities said Chan was onboard his vehicle when he was attacked by still unidentified armed men.

The ambush took place around 2:50 p.m. at Barangay Nalsian in Calasiao town.

Police said investigation is underway to identify the suspects and the possible motive behind the incident. – RRD

Pangasinan enforces protocol after 15 hogs test positive for ASF

Robie de Guzman   •   October 1, 2019

A city veterinarian (L) takes a blood sample from a pig in a backyard piggery to test for African Swine Fever (ASF). EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – The provincial government of Pangasinan has begun implementing the Department of Agriculture’s 1-7-10 protocol to control the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF).

This is after 15 of the 60 blood samples from hogs in Barangay Baloling in Mapandan town tested positive for the virus.

The 1-7-10 protocol includes the culling of hogs within one-kilometer radius of infected farms and the setting up of quarantine checkpoints in strategic locations to prevent the movement of all live pigs, pork and pork-related products.

Hog farms, particularly backyard operations, within seven-kilometer radius are subjected to continued surveillance procedures and tests to determine the extent of infection in animals.

Swine farms within a 10-kilometer radius, on the other hand, are required to submit a mandatory report on the disease.

Local authorities said more than 100 pigs from 31 hog raisers were culled in an operation conducted on Monday, Sept. 30.  

“From the first day pa lang na-control naman natin agad. Napatay ‘yung mga baboy, nalibing, na-disinfect natin yung area,” said Dr. Jhonabeth Pajarillaga, regional veterinary quarantine officer of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).

Affected hog raisers who surrendered their pigs for culling will receive financial assistance from the government.

Initial investigation showed that the dreaded swine disease reached Pangasinan after a couple of swine traders transported pigs from Bustos, Bulacan to Barangay Baloling despite the temporary total ban on the movement of live swine in the province.

The local government said charges will be filed against these traders. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Patrick Alfonte)


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