UPDATE 2: Espino, 4 others wounded, 1 dead in Pangasinan ambush – police
FORMER lawmaker and governor Amado Espino Jr. and four others were wounded while one was killed in an ambush in Pangasinan on Wednesday afternoon, police reported.
Espino is now in stable condition after the ambush, Colonel Redrico Maranan, Pangasinan police director, confirmed in a press briefing on Wednesday night.
Four others were wounded and two of them are still in the operating room as of posting time, he said.
One named Staff Sergeant Richard Esguerra died on the spot.
Maranan dismissed the initial reports that more than one were killed in the ambush.
Reports said that up to five people were killed.
At 4:30 p.m, unidentified gunmen ambushed the former governor in Barangay Magtaking in San Carlos City.
Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) is now helping local police in the investigation to identify the motives and the suspects.
Police tracked the escape route of the suspects and discovered the vehicles that they used – a blue and silver Ford Everest and a red car.
Several high-powered firearms were also recovered.
Maranan said the lone fatality and two others were on board an Innova, one of Espino’s back up vehicles.
Espino was aboard a Land Cruiser with his driver and another bodyguard.
Espino reportedly came from his house on Basista-San Carlos Road and was headed to an undisclosed destination.
Maranan said that Espino had been receiving death threats before.
The families of Espino and other victims requested additional security, Maranan added.
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