Leyte Samar Daily Express

TACLOBAN CITY – Biliran Governor Rogelio Espina expressed confidence that the libel charges that he filed against his political nemesis, Representative Glenn Chong, would prosper.

Espina insisted that when he filed the four counts of libel against the neophyte solon, politics was far behind it.

“It was him who uttered those libelous remarks and not me. It was not political harassment as he claimed,” the outgoing Biliran governor said.

Judge Bienvenido Montalla, presiding judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 16, who found merit on the libel complaint filed by Espina, ordered for the arrest of the solon.

Chong, however, immediately posted a bail of P40,000 for the four counts of libel charged against him.

The solon, on various radio interviews, alleged that Espina and his family was behind the ambush try of his father, Charlie, on June 7, 2008 which resulted to the death of his security escorts, Alberto Parilla and Antonio Barcelo.

Chong said that he would defend his name and reputation on the libel charges filed against him as he branded it as political harassment.

Gov. Espina said that the allegations that his family was behind the ambush try was unfair, reason why he decided to file the libel charges against his political rival.

“And I am confident that we will win on this (legal) battle,” the governor said.

He said that to be blamed by a congressman on the ambush incident involving his father was not an ordinary thing considering Chong’s position.

“If we will not defend our name, our people might really think that we are indeed behind the incident as he claimed. He is a congressman of our province,” Espina said.

Espina did not hide his intention to challenge Chong to represent the lone congressional district of the province. Chong ran and won against Espina’s father in the 2007 elections. (JOEY A. GABIETA)

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  1. FYI. This is the second case reversed by the new DOJ Secretary against previous dismissal by former Sec Gonzales.

    This is just the start. Gerry Espina Sr and the members of the Espina Dynasty should be feeling more uncomfortable. It is getting closer and I hope justice will prevail.

    DoJ revives dismissed raps vs La Union drug lab financier

    07/04/2009

    Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera yesterday ordered the revival of charges, which were earlier dismissed, against the suspected financier of the shabu laboratory that was raided by police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in La Union on July 9 last year.

    (Please click on the link below to read the full article)

    http://www.tribune.net.ph/nation/20090704nat1.html

  2. KANI MAO NI MAAYO NGA GI REVIEW ANG MGA KASO KABAHIN SA SHABU LABORATORY UG FINANCIER NGA SI ARTUZ.

    PASALAMAT GYUD TAG MAAYO ANI NGA WALA NA SI DOJ SECRETARY PARE GONZALES SA MAONG POSISYON.

    NGA MATUD PA NI GERRY NGA SUOD SILA MORA UG MANAGSOON.
    MAAYO UNTA KON MA REVIVE POD ANG KASO SA AMBUSH SA NAVAL.

    KAY SI PARING GONZALES RAMAN TO ANG NAKABABAG PINAAGI SA PAGKASUOD NILA NI GERRY.

    SA WALA PA BITAW MABALHIN SI RAUL GONZALES ANG SUGYOT NI GERRY NI PARING GONZALES NGA SI SPO2 SAUL RA ANG PA FILAN UG KASO APIL SI BACALLA UG AMBOT KADTO SI CABILLAN APIL BA POD.

    UNFAIR MAN NI KABAHIN NI SAUL UG BACALLA UG CABILLAN KON SILA RANG 3 ANG MABALHOG.
    POSLAN MAN SA INYONG 3 E APIL NALANG ANG NAGSUGO NINYO ARON POD ALIGRE PAMINAWON SA PRESOHAN NAA GIHAPON MATAWAG NGA MAYOR MAYOR SA PRISOHAN SI GERRY.

  3. SIGI GOVERNOR PANINGKAMOT UG PANAGANG NGA MALIMPYO ANG PANGALAN SA IMONG AMAHAN.
    UG APIL POD ANG IMONG PANGALAN LIMPYOHI UG MAAYO.

    KAY ANG X-RAY MACHINE NGA IMONG NAILAD ANG MGA PASYENTI PANILNGAN KA NAMO SA 4.5 MILLION.
    SA X-RAY NGA GUBA SA IMONG PAGPALIT.

  4. Bungaw gyod diay kaayo to si Paring Gonzales no? Tagpanalipod dili sa justisya ug katarong kundili sa iya mga ka fraternity ug mga sood nga higala.

    Hinomdom ka kaniadto sa kaso sa pagkamatay sa asawa ni Ted Faylon? Aw si Paring Gonzales sure gyod siya nga wala gyod mag suicide and asawa. Nganong sure man siya? Usa lang ang tubag ana. Siya ang otok sa pagkamatay sa asawa ni Ted.

    Ug siya pod diay mao nagdismiss sa mga dagkong kaso dinhi sa Bliran? Pareho lang to siya sa iya Master, wala mga consiyensya ug wala delicadeza.

    Pwede bitaw to e revive nga mga kaso kay wala man to ma dismiss on the merits.

  5. Maayo kung matagaan ug reconsideration and reklamo ni GC tungod kay wala na karon ang poderoso nga one sided personality sa puwesto.

    Nanghinaut kaming tanan nga mahatagan ug impartial ug tinuod nga hearing kini nga iyang reklamo aron masabtan gayud o ma pinpoint ang tinuod nga naay kasaypanan aning kasoha…

    Gusto namo ug fair nga trial ani ug pahawaon ngadto kadtong mga tao nga nag amoma sa gikiha….. Unta ma fast track kining kasoha aron mahatagan ug hustisya kadtong mga tawo nga nauyamot aning karumal dumal nga krimen sa Biliran.

    Unta nakagawas tanan nga anomalya nga gihilambitan ni Gonzales aron dili na pamarisan og malinis kanang opisina de gorbierno……

    Daghan mi nga nagatuo nga involve gayud kanang pamilyaha maayo laman gayod maglatay latay sa sistema judicial kay naa may kapit ug koneksyon nga hinaot unta mapugto samgtang sige pa ug bista aning kasuha…….

    GOD SEES THE TRUTH BUT WAITS……………. we will pray for his will to unravel the truth which was trampled because of the manipulation of some people…..

    AGAIN I CANNOT WAIT THAT DAY TO FREE US FROM THE BONDAGE OF TRUTH AND FALLACIES OF THIS CASE.

  6. maayong adlaw,

    Would you accept it as truth if after a fair trial, Espina is declared not guilty? If it is against your preconceived outcome of the case, would you accept it as truth?

    How ready is your heart to receive the uncompromised truth?

    Madami kasing sumisigaw ng “truth, truth” but when the truth comes, they don’t recognize it.

  7. flint 6

    The Freedom Fighters will accept the outcome if a fair trial would have been conducted. Be reminded, that the circumstances of the case as conducted by the Department of Justice under former Sec Raul Gonzales could never be treated as a fair trial. It is too early for Gerry Espina Sr, SPO3 Bacalla and former PD Sabornido to celebrate and claim total innocence of the incident. At the rate the new DOJ Secretary is overturning the resolutions previously approved by Gonzales I won’t be surprised if a review of the ambush case will be forthcoming. It has now been revealed that the DOJ under Gonzales was riddled with resolutions favoring the highest bidders and close allies.

    The forthcoming trial of SPO2 Saul and CIDG operatives Ando and Cabillan will be observed by all stakeholders with utmost care. Biliranons need to know the truth and insure that the culprits will never get away with this brutal act. I am positive that when the motive of the assassinations is established in the process of the forthcoming hearings, it will lead us to the brains behind the ambush, whoever it maybe.

    Then we will call it a fair trial.

  8. Flint;

    FLInt

    You cannot force us to believe the controversial decision given by Gonzales…. it needs a review because the truth you are referring to in here is so unbelievable. and it is not beyond reasonable doubt kaya doubtful kaayo ang decision.. Ayaw ugsa kami puwersaha pagtuo ana kay dudable kaayo nang desisyuna..

    ayaw kami lipata ana kay klarex nga naay limbong ang desisyon…
    Truth is not truthful if it is still clouded with doubts and manipulation.. Kasabot ka ba ana?

  9. You can count on me aquarius that I’m with you with that hope – that the culprit be judged accordingly WHOEVER it may be.

    No person pinpointed right away.

  10. flint 8,

    Gihimo na man nimo nga promise kang Aquarius didto sa laing thread ubos sa imong ngalan nga Kaun Jun. Nganong utrohon pa man nimo as flint?

    Ayoha gyud ning imong patahap ha? Kay tingalig si Dok Rabbit o si Pugak ba kaha ang motahap sa imo. Kay baman sa mga Freedom Fighters, dili ka na man matulon.

  11. JUN AS IN FLINT,
    TRY YOUR BEST TO FILE A CASE AGAINST GOV.ROGER ESPINA.
    THE COA DOCUMENTS IS ALREADY IN YOUR GOOD HANDS
    SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR..
    TRY THAT CHALLENGE AND THEREFORE U CAN CONCLUDE
    AND COUNT ON ME AS ONE OF YOUR AVID FAN AND SINCERE VOTER ONE DAY.
    BILIRAN IS AN ISLAND..
    NO MAN TO BE CALLED AN ISLAND ,SO WE HAVE A
    LARGE FAMILY RELATIVES AND FRIENDS TO VOTE FOR YOU.

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