Palace orders probe of politician’s ambush

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THE presidential palace yesterday ordered an investigation of the ambush by armed men of former Pangasinan Governor and Congressman Amado T. Espino, Jr..

“We will investigate the case thoroughly,” presidential spokesman Salvador S. Panelo said at a briefing. Police have started the probe and will “prosecute those who are behind the attempt on the life of former Governor and Congressman Espino as well as the death of one of his bodyguards,” he said.

One of Mr. Espino’s aides had died on the spot, while he and his four other bodyguards survived and were now recovering, Malacañang said.

The attack occurred in Magtaking village in San Carlos City on Sept. 11. “We condemn this felonious act as we believe that any unjustified killing has no place in a civilized society like ours,” Mr. Panelo said.

“We guarantee that police authorities are already on top of the situation and will spare no effort in finding the perpetrators of this crime,” he added.