Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:44:00 06/28/2008

In fairness to our family and for the information and clarification of everyone, let me humbly clarify certain points of (the Inquirer Visayas) story (Page A19 June 14) titled “Climate of terror in Biliran” by Rolando O. Borrinaga.

I refer particularly to the following:

1. That “Congressman Chong went on air in a special program over Radio Natin and blamed the Espina family, his known partial enemies, for the assault on his father and security escorts.”

Let me add that his father, Mr. Charlie Chong, also blamed us when he was interviewed by Bantay Radio of Cebu that same night of the incident.

2. Mr. Borrinaga also alleged that according to his source, Biliran registered a higher crime rate in 2007 particularly during the fourth quarter of 2007, meaning that prior to the 4th quarter 2007, Biliran was peaceful, practically admitting that during my nine years as congressman and three years as mayor of Naval, the capital town, and during more than eight years of my son as governor of the province, was peaceful. He did not mention that Congressman Glenn Chong took his oath as congressman in June of 2007, or during the second quarter of that year.

3. That “Corpin would be identified later as the suspect in the assassination of Biliran Gov. Danilo Parilla in Cebu City on Sept. 7, 2007. He was carrying an ID Card as employee of the provincial capitol signed by Gov. Rogelio Espina.”

Mr. Borrinaga did not bother to check if Corpin was in fact still an employee of the province when the killing of Parilla happened. If he did, he would have found out that Corpin was no longer an employee of the province as after the Vietnamese incident Corpin was dismissed. It would have been easy for Mr. Borrinaga to check as he is from Naval.

I hope that your good self will give space to this short rejoinder in your Visayas section in furtherance of fairness.

Very Respectfully,

Gerardo S. Espina Sr.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Sus,
    Sa pag ka botbot naman gyud ninyo tawon Sir Espina.
    Kabalo ka moabot ra gayud ang gaba ninyo mga Espina,
    Ngano nga ikaw man ang tuhoan sa mga tawo nga si Corpin imo body guard nag duty paman sa provincial capitol on duty pa sa inyo mga kamot.nga nahitabo ang iyang Pagpatay sa kanhi
    Gov,Danilo Parilla.
    kon poydi palang ang tanan pasahiro atong higayuna pasultion sa Radyo Natin nga daghan ang nakakita nga nagsul-ob pa gayud si Corpin ug Capitol ID signed by your Son Gov Roger Espina….
    Piro way lain natung angay silutan kon dili si Corpin kay nadakop man gayod sa mga Police sa Cebu..Believe ko sa mga kapulisan sa Cebu kay abtik nga nakasikop kang Corpin.
    Ang pangutana kinsa man ang nag paluyo kan Corpin?
    Sa Pag sibya nimo atong higayuna sa Radyo Ninyo niisulti ka sa kahanginan sa Radyo Ninyo nga manhuwam si Corpin nimo ug kuarta kay molarga ug Cebu kay may plano na kan Danny Parilla pag Patay..So ingon ka wa kunohay nimo pahuwama.
    So sa imong sulti sa Radyo Ninyo Natin kabalo ka sa plano ni Corpin nga mopatay kan Danny Parilla.
    Mao ra ni ang angay naku nga ikasulti ayaw lagi ug palabi sa Radyo Natin ug sibya kay maligas imong BABA…

  2. Exactly you are right bert in your own opinion.,
    Let us be honest what to say is RIGHT!
    Mabuti pa Sir Espina kung sasali nalang kayo sa pinoy Idol
    walang problima yan.
    O kundi bali apat man kayong mga lalaki ano?
    Kayo nalang kaya ang pumalit sa the BEATLES..
    1) Sr.Espina- the drummer
    2)Roger Espina- Singer guitarist
    3)Gerry Boy Espina-Singer,dramatic artist,guitarist
    4)Rudy Espina- singer guitarist..
    Ohhh diba?
    Beatles…
    Bigyan ninyo ng Laya ang Biliran..
    Tuparin ninyo ang inyong tungkulin na bigyan ng katahimikan ang aming Bayan..
    Kung tayo ay Matanda na/ mag pahinga tayo sa Politica.

  3. ang climate sa terror sa biliran murag na iban ibanan na jud, ngano? A: naa na man army, naa na gani ARMY ang usa ka lugar init na kaau ang mga hitabo ana, krun kay halos tibook phil. naa na man aRmY… NGANO? A: kay damo na man mga abosado…

  4. THE ALLIGATIONS OF GERRY ESPINA , SR.THAT DURING HIS TIME AS A CONGRESSMAN AND MAYOR , HIS SONS AS MAYOR AND GOVERNOR THE PROVINCE OF BILIRAN WAS PEACEFUL , IS A BIG LIE . IT WAS DURING HIS TERM AS A MAYOR THAT THE LATE GOV. DANNY PARILLA WAS KILLED BY CORPIN , GETTING RID OF GOV. PARILLA WAS A VICTORY FOR GERRY ESPINA BECAUSE THE LATE GOV. PARILLA HAD AN ELECTION PROTEST AGAINST ESPINA SR. , WHO WON THE MAYOR’S SET THROUGH CHEATING DURING THE ELECTION. THE LATE GOV. PARILLA WAS A GREAT THREAT TO THE ESPINA DYNASTY .

    ACTUALLY IF THE BILIRANONS WILL JUST ANALIZE THE SITUATION ABOUT THE INCIDENTS THAT HAPPENED THEY ARE ALL POLITICALLY RELATED. CHARLIE CHONG FILED A CASE AGAINST THE ESPINAS REGARDING THE GOVERNMENT OWNED LAND WHERE THE BILIRAN GARDEN IS BUILT, THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE WAS THIS AMBUSH THAT HAPPENED INVOLVING THE CIDF KILLING THE TWO BODYGUARDS OF CHONG, THE CIDF WERE ALSO THE ONES WHO WERE RESPONSIBLE IN THE AMBUSH OF REP. CHONG DURING HIS CAMPAIGN IN MADA-O.

    NAVAL WAS A PEACEFUL COMMUNITY BEFORE THE ESPINAS CAME AND RULE THE PROVINCE. THERE ARE MANY CRIMES , ILLEGAL DRUGS RAMPANT GRAFT AND CORRUPTION THAT ARE GOING ON NOW ,.THESE SNAKES SHOULD BE DRIVEN OUT FROM BILIRAN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

    TO ALL BILIRANONS :
    LET US ALL UNITE TO DRIVE AWAY THE ESPINAS , THE LONGER THEY STAY IN POWER IN BILIRAN PROVINCE , THE MORE DAMAGES THEY WILL DO, MORE CRIMES, MORE ILLEGAL DRUGS, MORE BILIRAN GARDEN RESORT, MORE MANSIONS BUILT OUT OF THE TAX PAYERS MONEY!

  5. Golgotha’s Note to #5 Cattleya:
    “TO ALL BILIRANONS :
    LET US ALL UNITE TO DRIVE AWAY THE ESPINAS , THE LONGER THEY STAY IN POWER IN BILIRAN PROVINCE , THE MORE DAMAGES THEY WILL DO, MORE CRIMES, MORE ILLEGAL DRUGS, MORE BILIRAN GARDEN RESORT, MORE MANSIONS BUILT OUT OF THE TAX PAYERS MONEY!”

    Cattleya, wannabet? we cannot drive the Espinas away from the island of Biliran. My constitutional right and privilege ang iya family to stay for good sa Biliran. My opinion here is that let us find the evidence or the probable cause (if civil case) or prima facie evidence (pag criminal ang case) para panagutan nila ang ila kasalanan sa taong bayan. Although dami legal remedies in the legal battle ahead for the Espinas, pero they cant get rid from the people’s wrat and hatred.

    For the benefit of the doubt, let us presume innocent si Honorable Pawix sa pagplano sa pagpatay kanhi Atty Parilla, but how can the Espinas family cleanse the blood that stain the family and supporters of the late Gov. Parilla? Damaged has been done. Terribly done! Collateral damage in our local economy and investment climate. Kawawang Biliranons.

    Let conscience role Honorable Pawix! Wag kana mag kunwari inocente. The people has spoken alreadsy in 2007 elections, instead of chosing you as congressman, the people prefers to vote for Atty. Glenn. This 2010 elections, i inclined to believe that judgement day comes along the way. It will be the end-time for the Espinas. Dok Rabbit will surely falldown, because of his intention to increase the taxes by insisting the release of P150 million-loan. We learn from history, ex-Senator Ralph Recto failed to capture the magic-12 seats in the 2007 elections, because majority believed that he is the one sponsoring the senate bill on E-VAT or expanded value-added tax. Dapat matuto dito si dioc Rabbit, kc the failure of dok rabbit (to capture the 2010 elections kahit ilabas na lahat ng pera ng mga Espinas) means the complete failure of the Espinas in general. I believe, pag dumating yang scenario na yan, aalis lahat members ng Espina Family sa Biliran para di makabayad ng utang – Injustices sa familya Danny Parilla, familya Entong Parilla, familya Tony Barcelo, ug familya Cesar!!!

  6. There is much more that can be said about the article by Dr. Borrinaga. He seems to accept the account of the event as described by the Chongs as fact, a poor journalistic practice. A journalist has to consider other obvious possibilities. Namely that the Chongs’ description is influenced by political motive. I’m not saying that’s true, but its something we all have to consider, especially a journalist. Whether this was an assassination attempt is still speculative, and should be phrased as such. If it was, someone is handing the Chong party the next election, which seems an odd motivation for any political adversary. Can you imagine what would be happening in the community if Charlie had been killed?

    Dr. Borrinaga also repeats and dramatizes the Chong’s claim that the assailants opened fire immediately. This has a significant bearing on what the nature of the crime might have been, and should at least be described as an allegation. It is suggested otherwise by others. It is certainly possible that Charley Chong’s bodyguards opened fire first, and that it may not have been the assailants primary intention to kill them or anyone.

    Obviously this was a crime, a felony, and any murder in the commission of a felony is the responsibility of the assailant. However more is in question here. What was the primary motivation of the assailants? Even what the Chongs think or say it might have been is speculative.

    I am confused by one thing. Dr Borrinaga clearly says Charlie Chong was returning from a wedding. I believe BI.com said the same thing originally. Now BI.com says he was returning from the store. This may not seem important but it is. If Charlie was coming form the store on a Saturday evening after closing, then one might suspect he was carrying money, which would imply that the motive could have been robbery. If Charlie changed his story about where he was coming from, it might suggest he was originally trying to characterize a holdup attempt as an assassination attempt and avoid speculation that he was carrying the store’s receipts, but then later realized the wedding story was subject to verifiacation.

    It has already been said that I am playing Sherlock Holmes, and I may not be qualified. I plead guilty. however, my purpose here is not to reach a conclusion but to point out that we don’t yet know what happened, and there are other realistically possible explanations. Speculation can be irresponsible when it points to an unwarranted conclusion. I think it is responsible when it argues against jumping to such a conclusion.

  7. Lurt, hehe aningles pa, wow! Ang maayong pangutana. what’s the difference between Mr. Borrinaga and Jack Cadaingan? hehehe pareho sila journalists, pero ngano wala man ka mag question sa mga write up ni Cadaingan? Uyyyy, obvious….

    Bitaw, to tell it plain and white, pareho sila inclined to other’s side. Si Mr. Borrinaga may hinanakit sa mga Espina kay gihimoan siya ug Resolution-Persona Non Grata sa mga “bright ug ligdong(?)” natong mga Board Members. Si Jack, ewww! hehehe “cash paid” by the Espina.

    Sa mga trying hard pa mag aningles: “wistch es wesh?”

    ….Ug Lurt, ayaw na lang diha hambal-hambal pa anaylize ug speculate sa kaso kay samot ka alingogngog! Give the benefit of the doubt to the authorities handling the case.

    Finally, it is of my fervent PRAYER…. maayo unta wala na paid program (both Espina’s and Chong’s) sa Radyo Natin aron wala na samok Naval, whether we like it or not, mao gyud ni nagsugnod ug samok sa atong lungsod. Whew… only in Naval nga ang FM Radio naay program pareho ana. Si Michael A ang nabulahan ining tanan, pero naghimog kasamok sa mga politikanhong lumalaban… Mao ni angayan aninawon kung naa pa ba JOURNALISM ethics and standards kung sige pa ang maong mga programa.

  8. mr. espina ayaw pang hunaw nga during your time walay samok sa naval bisan diha sa atong palengke ikaw nag pasugda pag pataas sa bayranan diha abi nimo dili namo mapokan diha sa naval. kanang inyo mall mall diha nga sigi lang reklamo si jove ana kay dako kaayo inyo tigbas sanglit tan awa unsa nga klase na nga mall. ang nakinabang ang imo lang babae nga si regiee pag ka pala otog jud nimo kulot oi. ayaw ka pag hinambog nga malinawon ang panahon nimo kay kamii mga nogosyante makalolooy kaayo.
    kanang mag son palang nga si gerry girl ug that time na naa pa sa poder si gril grabe kaayo mga anomaliya ana nila kanang ila mga projects solo jud na nila. kolut paki check ko ani unsa trabaho ni delfin santos bag man mani sya ni gov grabi pud kaayo ni pa simple lang ni mga gagmay na transaction hakop tanan sanglit wala joy usik sa sa tanan ninyo kaliwa kanan kawat. plus palaotog baya kini pud si delpin santos grabe jud ni ka sekreto pero klaro na kaayo unya mabulyaso ngani dapigan dayun ni gov rabbit. ikaw kabalo ka ana kolot. ikaw sa una imo panahon pila ka oras nga dili mogawas si regie sa imo office nga naa kama sa sulod 3 ka oras unsa inuyo gibuhat didto. abi tubaga daw ni sya. tapos mo react ka kang mr. borinaga gusto ka pag dayig lang tanan i komentaryo sa inyo famliy dili ba hilas mr kulot. that time na rep. si gery girl ug ikaw asa na adto inyo pdap. diba 70% porsyento ang inyo daghan suplier nanhilak sa inyo antos lang uban kay wala man pud mahimo . 30 porsyento nalang ang sa mga suplier. tanan kinsa may nakinabang diba kamo ug si regie nga imo uy ub ang uban wala na tawon pati jove ang a ng inyo mga makina ligid ug uban pa gamit sa motor pool. gasolina unya trabahoon lang ang resebo mao na pag katawo ni delpin santos pero sugo man kini siguro ni gov. pakitubag ko ani sr espina kini nga ako alligation ha .

  9. ang pagpatay kang Gov. Parilla posible nga si Corpin ra gyud ang nagplano tungod sa iyang kasuko nga nag-away sila didto sa pantalan. unya nanghuwam daw ug kuwarta si Corpin kang espina(opaw) pero wala makadala kay kuripot, mao nga posible walay nagsugo ug walay politics nga involved, ang gibasihan lang sa pagduda sa mga tawo ang physical evidence. ang suspect nga si Jean Corpin nadakpan sa pagpatay kang atty. parilla hasta sab ang usa ka pulis nga si Renato Saul nadakpan nga usa suspect sa pagpatay kang Inton Parilla ug Barcelo. pwede na sila anytime patug-anon sa tinuod, usa na ang “lie detector test” and further interrogation. Kung magsugo ka pagpatay ug usa ka tawo (hired killer)kanang wala mailhi unya maayo nga pagka plano, naka bonnet unya mga skyanan nga dili mailhan. Dili bulok ang mga espina nga pataka lang ug sugo. Comments kang Glen Chong walay mga dagko nga projects nga nahimo sa Biliran pareho lang kang Jerry bak nga former congressman walay mga dagko nga projects sad nga nahimo.

  10. well said jud #8 ug #10.
    Perfect! Loud and clear jud! salamat po. Astig ang dating ni mr. pawix. hehehe! may araw din yan mga kababayan. if ako si mr. pawix, mag MIA CULPA na lang jud sya na may involvement xa sa kaso kanhi atty danny parilla ug sa june7 incident sa naval where two lives were lost by this senseless killings brought by certain individuals. Para makatulog na mahimbing si mr. Pawix every night. k?

    Sana ma expedite ng DOJ or NBI ang kaso para masampa agad sa Fiscal’s office for preliminary investigation, at pre-trial agad, para may inquest na jud.

    It is getting hot in here part of the globe, because basa na kaayo ang image sa mga Espina. wala na chance makadaug any political position. The electorate had awaken and the true sentiment of the people must speak out. This Biliran is the island of the Free. Amen?

  11. ang pagpatay kang Gov. Parilla posible nga si Corpin ra gyud ang nagplano tungod sa iyang kasuko nga nag-away sila didto sa pantalan. unya nanghuwam daw ug kuwarta si Corpin kang espina(opaw) pero wala makadala kay kuripot, mao nga posible walay nagsugo ug walay politics nga involved, ang gibasihan lang sa pagduda sa mga tawo ang physical evidence.

    JACK, AYAW MI APILA SA IMONG KAUGOK! KAPILA NA GIBALIKBALIK SA RADYO UG PANAHON PA SA ELEKSYON NGA GIANGKON SA TIGUWANG NGA NAHIBAW SIYA SA BUHATON NI GENE MAO NGA WA NIYA PAHUWAMA UG IYA NA HINOON NGA GITUDLO SI GENE NGA SA LAIN LANG MANGHUWAM.

    UG TARONG KA PA NGA TAWO, MAO BA NI IMO BUHATON? IMO NA HINOON TUDLOAN ANG TAWO NGA MAY DAUTAN NGA PLANO KUNG ASA MANGHUWAM? ARON MADAYON ANG MAOT NGA PLANO? SA TIBOOK PANAHON SA ELEKSYON WA GYUD MOINGON ANG OPAW NGA IYANG GISAWAY SI GENE SA DAUTAN NGA PLANO NIINO. NGANO MAN KAHA?

    ang suspect nga si Jean Corpin nadakpan sa pagpatay kang atty. parilla hasta sab ang usa ka pulis nga si Renato Saul nadakpan nga usa suspect sa pagpatay kang Inton Parilla ug Barcelo. pwede na sila anytime patug-anon sa tinuod, usa na ang “lie detector test” and further interrogation. Kung magsugo ka pagpatay ug usa ka tawo (hired killer)kanang wala mailhi unya maayo nga pagka plano, naka bonnet unya mga skyanan nga dili mailhan. Dili bulok ang mga espina nga pataka lang ug sugo.

    AMBOT LANG JACK, KINSA KAHAY MOTOO NIMO.

    Comments kang Glen Chong walay mga dagko nga projects nga nahimo sa Biliran pareho lang kang Jerry bak nga former congressman walay mga dagko nga projects sad nga nahimo.

    SI JERRY BAK WA GYUD NAHIMO. SI GLENN CHONG NAAY GINAGMAY NGA MGA PROYEKTO NGA GIAPOD-APOD SA TANANG BARANGAY PLUS NAA PA GYUD IYA PAGPASEMENTO SA KALSADA.

    SOBRA 1500 ANG IYANG GIINGON SA RADYO NGA SCHOLARS NIYA KARONG TUIGA. LABAW PA SIGURO NI SA TIBUOK 12 KA TUIG SA MGA ESPINA!

    KUNG MOABOT ANG IYANG SCHOOL BUS, MAKATABANG KINI SA TANANG ESTUDYANTE SA HIGH SCHOOL SA TIBUOK PROBINSYA.

    INGON PUD SIYA NGA NAAY IHATAG NIYA NGA 12,500 KA SCHOOL BAGS PARA SA MGA POBRE NGA NAG ESKWELA SA ELEMENTARY.

    MAO NAY WAY NAHIMO?

  12. Tinuod gyud ka botbot jack….sus manhunaw napod ang mga sinaligan ni OPAW ug si OPAW manhinaw ngeeeeeeeee!!!!
    way mutoo ninyo oi UTOT ray mutoo ninyo mga Espina kanang tawo nga dili maningkamot sa ilang kaugalingon singot kon dili singot sa katawhanong BUHIS o TAX ang gilauman DIBA TINUOD ni?kanang mga TAWO nga nagsalig ug binuwan nga SWELDO mao nay angay untang IPAUN sa KAWIL aron makabingwit ug ISDA…
    Kay angay nang IPAUN kay wa man na silay GAMIT sa KATILINGBAN tawon OI? ang PAGHATAG raman ug PROBLIMA SA KATAWHAN….MAO ni Ang mga gi sweldoan sa mga ESPINA nga kinahanglan pod magamitan mao ni ang iya CRIMINAL nga SINALIGAN..DIBA si SABORNIDO, SAUL,ug PORTA mao nang mga ANIMAL nga MOSUGOT la pod ug UNSAY isugo sa iya LABAW…
    ANIMAL mo Ma empierno inyong KALAG isugba ka kan SATANAS kalayo…Mao ra ning HIGAYONA nga makabalos ang mga KALAG nga TIMAWA sa inyo mga BINUHATAN..
    ADTO TA MAGKITA SA EMPIERNO HA?MGA ESPINA?

  13. kunsabagay palagi involved sa crime in Biliran mga tauhan ng mga Espina, so, kahit na sila ang nag-utos o hindi, talagang sila ma pinpoint. corpin and saul are the best witnessess and their testimony during the hearing to tell the truth who really the mastermind or behind the killing of 2 parilla’s and barcelo and the wounded casas. but the big problem is how to handle the 2 captured assailant so that they will testify without fear, or by the way of torturing them or an offer in the witness protection program if they will the truth.

    espina’s have lots of connections almost all government agencies including the politicians, military, judiciary and media etc… thats why its hard and nakakatakot din. so people power (tinig ng bayan) is the best solution for me to end their continues political ambition.

    the espina sr.(pawix) must retire from the politics because he is old already and have lots of money, business, and enjoy the life of being in power for how many years. we must give chance to the others also, but sana yong papalit must be good in service to the people, can control the peaceful place of Biliranisland, and most of all have fear to god.

  14. Ay Naku si JDR Jun del Rosario proud na katabi sa pic ang
    vice President Noli De Castro…
    Parang hindi Tsismosa sa Radyo Natin…
    Nabinta ang lupain namain sa bundok kanila Espina nang murang halaga dahil Itong si Darna Jun del UNICA EJO Nagsabi sa Radyo Natin na may puputok na Bulkan sa Naval..
    Ayyy naku gimick pala yon para matakot ang mga tao at maibinta sa kanila Espina ang mga lupain sa Bundok nang murang halaga..
    Nakakaawa talaga ang mga mahirap na may ari nang LUPAIN..
    Darnaaaa Jun wala nang bumuto sa IYO….

  15. Kairo #17
    tama ka. walang pakondanagn nag hasik ng unverified and irresponsable info itong c JDR. tahts why dami naapektohan sa Biliran Island. Dapat ma recall na xa. wala naman ginawang nakakabuti sa kapwa.

    From the grapevine, c JDR ay magteach daw sa NIT ng araling panlipunan. Teka teka! ayon sa educatrion there are two imformatnt factors for education: what to teach is one thing, while how to teach isd another. baka itong pagteach ni darna ay corrective measure lang at deodorant or icing ng cake na cosmetics ang dating. mapagpanggap at walanghiya gaya ng mga Espina.

    Wag mo ng gamition c Vice-Pres. Noli kc walang kwenta namang tao katabi ni V-P Noli.

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