LINGAYEN – Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. has condemned in strongest terms the act of violence inflicted by two motorcycle riding-in-tandem against an employee of the provincial government who was a recent victim of a shooting incident here.
In a press statement issued by the governor, he said “we condemn the act of violence inflicted upon a totally defenseless, peace-loving and easily one of the most hard working senior employees of the PTO.”
As he denounced the act committed by the suspects, Gov. Espino likewise called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Command to give utmost attention to solve the violent incident.
He also asked the PNP to conduct a full-dress investigation and exert all means to identify and arrest the criminals immediately.
On Tuesday, November 4, at about 5:30 p.m., two men riding in tandem followed Judith Santillan from her office at the Capitol and fired shots at her as she was about to enter her house in Guilig St., Lingayen
Santillan, who works as a Supervising Administrative Officer at the PTO, sustained two fatal injuries in the abdomen.
The 50-year-old senior employee of the provincial government underwent surgical procedure and is now recuperating.
Dr. King Orduna, the attending anesthesiologist, said Santillan has a 90 percent chance of survival.
However, he disclosed that the two gunshot wounds damaged Santillan’s liver, spleen and intestines.
Orduna said 10 percent of her liver was removed but is expected to regenerate on its own.
Portion of her intestines was also removed, according to Orduna.
Due to the colostomy performed on Santillan, a colostomy bag was secured on her anterior abdomen to enable her to empty her intestines.
Orduna said Santillan still needs to stay at the ICU for a week before she will be transferred to a hospital room for her full recovery. /ADV