Orduna calls Guv ‘liar’

March 6, 2016 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
BUGALLON – “Sinungaling. Liar. Matila in Pangasinan, ulbod in Ilocano (He is a liar. Matila in Pangasinan, ulbod in Ilocano.”


Bugallon Vice Mayor Ric Orduna

This was how Vice Mayor Ric Orduna described the Pangasinan governor to reporters.
 Orduna, as he acknowledged in the past, was the illegal gambling jueteng treasurer of Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr.
He said the governor had the propensity to break what he promised to him or to his allies.
“When he asked me to run for the presidency of League of Mayors in the Philippine-Pangasinan Chapter, I thought he would help me when mayors ask for financial help. When I told him I will be meeting them I thought he would shell out his share but I had to personally fund their (mayors ) entire expenses,” he recalled.
Former Espino’s ally and supporter Abono Party List chairman Rosendo So said the fall out between Espino and Fernando “Boy Bata” Alimagno happened because the governor reneged on what he promised to the jueteng operator.

So quoted Alimagno as saying, “May commitment si Governor na two percent sa akin. Dati nakatangap kami ng sampung milyones (The governor promised me two percent. I used to earn ten million pesos a month when we were running jueteng).”
But the governor, according to Alimagno, reneged on his promise to give him two percent of the proceeds from the Meridien Jai Alai – a gambling played just like jueteng, thus he exposed him as the jueteng lord in Pangasinan at a press conference in Manila.
 Orduna and Alimagno said they and Espino operated and protected the illegal gambling number game in the 44 towns and four cities’ province.
But because the governor weaselled out,  both sued him with plunder at the Ombudsman on December 14, 2012.
Before sueing Espino in Manila, Bata and Orduna were joined by then Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of Interior & Local Government, and several top police officials in a press conference aired on TV nationwide.
In a sworn statement submitted at the Ombudsman, Orduña called Espino the “Big Boss” of jueteng in Pangasinan who received P800 to P900 million in jueteng money
But Alimango, who experienced economic hardship after his fall out with the governor, filed an affidavit of desistance at the Ombudsman that made Orduna the lone accuser of the governor on the non-bailable criminal case.
 According to So, he was asked by Espino to convince Boy Bata to back out from the case against the governor in exchange of ten million pesos.

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