Former Pangasinan governor Amado Espino hurt in ambush

Robie de Guzman   •   September 11, 2019   •   369

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.

PNP to look into illegal drugs as possible motive for attack on ex-governor Espino

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 13, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will look into illegal drugs as possible motive for the ambush on former Pangasinan governor Amado Espino Jr.

The PNP said they are looking into all possible motives for the attack which include Espino’s campaign against illegal drugs during his term.

“Ang lahat ng ito ay tinitingnan ng mga posibleng anggulo. Wala pa naman talagang matukoy kung ano talagang dahilan (We are looking at all possible angles. We still haven’t figure out the real motive),” according to PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac.

“Maaaring may mga sindikato na maaaring naapektuhan ng kanyang kampanya na iyan (There may be crime syndicates that were affected by his campaign),” Banac added.

READ: Former Pangasinan governor Amado Espino hurt in ambush

Espino is already in a stable condition after sustaining bullet wounds on his arm and body.

One of his three wounded bodyguards, on the other hand, remains in critical condition.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

Water spillage from San Roque dam threatens towns in Pangasinan

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2018

File photo: San Roque Dam in Pangasinan


PANGASINAN, Philippines – Spilling operation in San roque Dam in Pangasinan has been ongoing since Saturday (September 15).

This is the reason why several towns face the threat of severe flooding as the spillage may cause rivers to overflow their banks.

“Naranasan natin iyong pinakamataas na pinasok na tubig sa San Roque Dam. Noong bumaba ang tubig galing sa Benguet umabot siya ng 613 meters. Ganoon siya kalaki,” said National Power Corporation (San Roque) spokesperson Odette Rivero.

San Roque Dam is the catch basin for water rushing from the mountains of Benguet particularly Baguio City and which is now causing the water level to rise very swiftly to its spilling level of 280 meters.

Meanwhile, the spillage from San Roque Dam eventually led to the rising of water level in rivers in the town of Santa Barbara, Calasiao and Dagupan, consequently  flooding major roads.

Urdaneta to Dagupan City highway is currently inundated by knee-deep floodwater.

According to NPC, it might take up to the end of this month before the water level in San Roque Dam returns to its normal level. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

San Roque Dam opens more gates, prompts forced evacuation

Marje Pelayo   •   August 14, 2018


Monsoon rains caused massive flooding in Pangasinan


PANGASINAN, Philippines – The provincial government of Pangasinan has ordered forced evacuation to residents nearby the San Roque Dam as torrential rains prompted the reservoir to open more radial gates resulting to the swelling of Agno River.

San Roque Dam serves as basin for Binga and Ambuklao Dams in Benguet.

As of 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday (August 14), water level in San Roque Dam has reached 287.15 meters, a two-meter lesser than its critical level of 290 meters. Five of the dam gates were already open with spilling level that already reached up to 6.5 meters or about 1,379 cms.

“Kinakailangan po talaga nating ipagpatuloy ang pagpapalabas ng tubig sa ngayon para mabawasan ang level ng tubig sa mga dams lalo na ito ay nasa critical  level sa ngayon. Ang masasabi lang naming, kung ligtas ang mga dam, mas ligtas ang ating mga kababayan,” explained National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) Spokesperson Odette Rivero.

Two cities and 11 towns or a total of 172 barangays affected by the spillage are now being strictly monitored by the authorities. – Bryan Lacanlale / Marje Pelayo

City/Towns in Pangasinan affected by the spillage from San Roque Dam:

  • Dagupan City
  • San Carlos City
  • Calasiao
  • Barbara
  • Bayambang
  • Mangatarem
  • Binmaley
  • Lingayen
  • Binalonan
  • Villasis
  • Aguilar
  • Manaoag
  • Bautista


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