MANILA — Malacañang condemned the ambush of former Pangasinan Governor Amada Espino Jr. and vowed to prosecute perpetrators responsible for the “dastardly” act.
“We condemn this felonious act as we believe that any unjustified killing has no place in a civilized society like ours,” Panelo said in a statement on Thursday.
Panelo assured that the Philippine National Police (PNP) is thoroughly investigating the attempt to take Espino’s life.
“We guarantee that police authorities are already on top of the situation and will spare no effort in finding the perpetrators of this crime and ascertaining their motive for consummating the same,” said Panelo, also Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, in a press briefing.
“We will not allow criminal acts perpetrated by these transgressors of law. We will investigate the case thoroughly, PNP is in fact doing that,” he added.
Espino was wounded while one of his bodyguards was killed when armed men attacked their convoy in an intersection at Barangay Magtaking in San Carlos City, Pangasinan on Wednesday (Sept. 11) afternoon.
Espino, also a former representative of Pangasinan, is now in stable condition while his other four aides are also recovering.