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House condemns Espino ambush: ‘Such murderous act has no place in society’

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The House of Representatives on Thursday condemned the Wednesday ambush on former Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino Jr. in San Carlos City that left him wounded and reportedly killed one of his bodyguards.

“The House under Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano condemns in the strongest possible terms this attempt on the life of Congressman Espino in Barangay Magtaking in San Carlos City that killed at least one of his bodyguards,” Deputy Speaker LRay Villafuerte said in a statement.

“Such murderous act has no place in our society, especially under this Administration that has won broad and deep popular support because of its tough stance on crime,” the Camarines Sur lawmaker said.

The latest report said Espino was severely injured and, at press time, was already in stable condition at the intensive care unit of a hospital in San Carlos City, where he was rushed after the 4:30 p.m. attack yesterday on his group by still unidentified gunmen.

“The House leadership is calling on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to form right away a strike force that would track down and apprehend the suspects along with the brains behind this dastardly act—and to put all of them behind bars at the soonest possible time,” Villafuerte said.

He said the House leadership is also ready to extend whatever form of assistance Espino’s family may need from the chamber at this time.

Reports quoting Ilocos regional police director PB Gen Joel Orduña said that Espino was severely injured when unidentified assailants fired on his vehicle as it was traversing Barangay Magtaking at about 4:30 p.m. One of his bodyguards, Police Staff Sergeant Richard Esguerra, died in the incident.

Espino was rushed to the Holy Blessed Family Hospital in San Carlos City for treatment.

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