Prosecutor files murder cases vs suspects in Espino ambush

February 11, 2020 at 2:55 am Leave a comment

SAN CARLOSS CITY = The City Prosecutor’s Office has recommended the filing of murder, attempted murder and frustrated murder against the suspects in the ambush of former Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr. and his aides on September 11 last year.

In a resolution dated January 3, 2020, the City Prosecutor” Office endorsed to the court the murder case against Albert Palisoc, Benjie Resultan, John Paul Regalado and four John Does for the death of Espino’s driver Agapito Cuison and aide PSSG Richard Resultan.

The same suspects face three attempted murder cases filed by Espino and his aides PSSG Jayson Maasi and Anthony Columban, and frustrated murder filed by another aide Kerwin Marpuri.

The cases were endorsed despite the Prosecutor admitting that they were based on circumstantial evidence and that “regrettably, a scourge of the pieces of evidence submitted on record does not constitute direct and positive evidence to identify the malefactors.”

Recall that Espino’s convoy was passing through San Carlos City-Basista road on the afternoon of September 11, 2019 when waiting gunmen fired at them, instantly killing Resultan who was riding in a back up vehicle.

Palisoc, who sustained several gunshot wounds, was able to drive the vehicle on which Espino was riding, to the hospital about 200 meters away. But he eventually died.

The Prosecutor endorsed the cases against Palisoc and Regalado, suspected to be the gunmen, based on “circumstantial evidence.”

In the 23-page resolution, the Prosecutor said while it was “undisputed that there were several eye witnesses to the shooting incident aside from the complainants,  not one of them (witnesses) was able to positively identify any of them.”

“All the witnesses declared that all gunmen were wearing face masks and caps rendering it nearly impossible for them to make positive identification. In fact, all the supposed eye witnesses admitted that they were not able to have a good look at the gunmen sufficient enough to identify them since their faces were covered,” the Prosecutor said.

The resolution added,”The description of the gunmen’s clothing does not help either considering that it appears from the evidence that after the shooting, they changed clothes since several pieces of garments were recovered from the abandoned vehicles.”

“Be that as it may, this Panel finds sufficient probable cause to indict respondents Palisoc and Resultan of the crimes charged on circumstantial evidence.”

The Prosecutor likewise dismissed the case against one Jewel Castro, who was suspected to be the owner of Hyundai Elantra, saying he could not be implicated as he never had physical possession of the car.”

Instead the Prosecutor filed a case against one  Pediraldo Ras Lucenera for obstruction of apprehension and prosecution of criminal offenders, by giving false information that he delivered the car to Castro.

Lucenera was not included in the original complaint which was against 12 suspects and 10 John Does, but there was no mention of them in the recommendation.

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