MANILA - Twenty-two suspects in the ambush of former Pangasinan governor and representative Amado Espino Jr. were formally charged with murder and frustrated murder by police on Wednesday.
Two counts of murder and four counts of frustrated murder were filed against 12 identified suspects, namely Albert Palisoc alias "Alvin Pascaran," Armando Frias alias "Jong," Benjie Resultan (Rezultan), Joey Ferrer, Ronnie delos Santos, Gerry Pascua, Sherwin Diaz, Teofilo Ferrer alias "Pong," a certain Ruseller alias "Sel," Jewel Castro, John Paul Regalado and Alfred Pascaran.
Ten unidentified suspects were also included in the charges. Police said they are believed to be the "masterminds, financiers, conspirators and accessories" in the ambush.
One of the suspects reportedly has an existing warrant of arrest. Police said the suspects might be part of a gun-for-hire group.
Last September 11, gunmen opened fire at Espino's convoy in Barangay Magtaking in San Carlos City, Pangasinan. Espino survived, but his driver and one of his security escorts died. —
- Report from Joanna Tacason, ABS-CBN News