Allies of alleged 'narco-mayor' run newspaper ad to show support

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 31 2016 06:38 PM

MANILA - Supporters of Pangasinan 5th district Representative Amado Espino Jr. came up with a full-page newspaper ad showing their statement of support for the governor-turned-lawmaker who was tagged in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug matrix.

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The full-page ad published on the August 31, 2016 edition of the Manila Bulletin claimed that leaders of various multi-sectoral groups in Pangasinan believe that allegations linking Espino to illegal drugs trade are untrue.

A part of the statement that Pangasinan's citation as the "Best Performing Province in Region I" should be credited to Espino's performance as governor.

Aside from signatures of barangay health workers, farmers, and senior citizens, the ad also informed readers that a provincial resolution was approved by local officials in Pangasinan to "express full faith, trust and confidence in the integrity and competence" of Espino.

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Based on the Manila Bulletin's advertising rates, a full-page ad on its weekday issue is priced at P150,255.

ABS-CBN News tried to contact some of the signatories featured on the advertisement to clarify the source of funds for the print out, but did not receive a reply as of posting.