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BY MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
At the victory party tendered by Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino to media men at Star Plaza Hotel in Dagupan City last May 24 he was heard to say the following:
He denounced retired Philippine National Police four- star general and losing gubernatorial bet Art Lomibao and former police two-star general and losing Bani Mayor Marcelo Navarro whom he said blamed their loss to him.
Both of them were his mistah or classmates at the Philippine Military Academy in 1972.
“They are stupid,” he mocked them.
He declared that he could not understand why Art blamed his loss to him through his scathing remarks at social media Face Book when he should be blaming his loss to his rival Vice Governor Ferdie Calimlim.
In that Face Book exchanges between Art and wife Jackie, the former doubted the authenticity of the votes that he received from the PCOS machines.
He and his wife said that whenever they barnstorm the villages the odds was 8 to 2 in their favor.
“Paano hindi sila mananalo, sa barangay lang pala sila nagkakampanya. Ako nga hindi nangampanya sa mga barangays!,” Espino observed.
He scored Navarro’s defeat to a young mother Gwen Palafox Yamamoto (wife of a major in the Presidential Security Group) through his “stupid” campaign strategy.
“How could he not lose the election in his sorties when he was consistently attacking me instead of his rival for the mayoralty”.
“Lahat ng mga retirees sa PMA mga upper class , lower class , at classmates ko dito sa Pangasinan saludo sa mga nagawa ko sa probinsiya except sa dalawang g_ _ _ na ito na walang ginawa kung hindi sira-an ako,” he told the amused media men who were gnawing and imbibing the sumptuous foods, juice, and liquor as treat of the grateful governor.
Espino said that when Infanta Mayor Ruperto Martinez was assassinated he never thought that his political enemies would drag him as the principal suspect in the murder.
He said before his name would be included as one of the masterminds, there were feelers from the other camp who insinuated that they would not file a murder case against him if he withdraws his gubernatorial candidacy against Alaminos City Hernani Braganza – an ally of President Benigno S. Aquino III.
But he did not call the bluff instead he overwhelmingly “murdered” Braganza with a landslide margin votes of 554,351 -which was much bigger than the votes when he “buried” into political oblivion with 532,329 led votes former governor Victor Agbayani. Espino declared that he would go legally against some media men who scurrilously and maliciously maligned him before the May 13 poll.
He denounced there too Braganza’s block timers at Bombo Radyo Atong Remogat and Dennis Mojares. Broadcaster RJ Jimenez told me that during a huddle with some members of the fourth estate, the governor allegedly dig Atong who allegedly and wrongly has been given P50 thousand by some Espino supporters when he told them that he would withdraw from his pro Braganza-Lomibao program three days before the ban on the campaign period.
Susmariosep, is this true Atong?
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