July 29th, 2008
Leyte Samar Daily Express
TACLOBAN CITY- Biliran Governor Rogelio Espina yesterday expressed dismay on what he said as “unfair, irresponsible and politically motivated” accusations hurled against the Espina family as behind the shooting incident on the group of Charlie Chong, the father of Representative Glen Chong of the lone district of Biliran, which resulted in the death of his bodyguard PO2 Tony Barillo and Alberto Parilla, the barangay captain of Barangay Santicima Rosario of Naval, Biliran.
The last termer local chief executive of Biliran, when reached through his mobile phone told Leyte Samar Daily Express that the statement of Congressman Chong was totally tainted with politics mainly to discredit the good reputation of their family.
“Chong has said a lot over the radio maligning our political reputation, that is why we will be filing a libel case (against him). Tingnan natin kung mapatunayan niya ang mga sinabi niya sa korte… I mean we have proper authorities na nag-iimbistiga sa kasong ito bakit di siya makapaghintay.. lalabas pa rin ang katotohanan dito. Bakit nga lahat na nangyayari sa Biliran point blank kaagad sa mg Espina na gumawa ng krimen,” Espina lamented.
Charlie Chong, one of the strong opposition leaders in the province of Biliran, on Saturday around 8::00 o’clock in the evening, along with his four campanions on board his private vehicle, encountered with the group of P02 Intoy Saul who allegedly open fired against the group of Chong just near his residence in Inocentes St., Barangay Pi-ay Garcia, Naval, the capital town of Biliran , which caused the instantaneous death of Barangay Chairman Parilla and PO2 Barillo. Charlie Chong was unhurt.
PO2 Saul, who was positively identified by Chong as the one who poked a gun on him, was immediately arrested by police authorities and is now under the custody of the Biliran PNP Provincial Office. A double murder case was already filed against him.
The red Toyota lancer used by the group of Saul was abandoned at the crime scene while the service vehicle of Chong was used as their gateaway vehicle.
Police investigation disclosed that said Toyata Lancer reportedly belongs to the registered owner, Charles Palado of Isabel, Leyte.
Governor Espina, who is reportedly planning to contest Congressman Chong in the coming 2010 elections in the congressional seat, commented that the incident must have something to do with the personal grudge between Saul and Barillo.
“Kasi kung titingnan natin dito… kung si Charlie talaga ang target para patayin di siya sana ang namatay.. but look he was unharmed. Mahirap kasi dito ginagamit ito ng mga taong may personal interes pero kailangan sisirain muna nila ang ibang tao,” Espina added.
But in a live interview over DYDW-Radyo Diwa yesterday morning, neophyte Congressman Chong categorically said that the said incident has something to do with politics, and none other than his political opponent the Espinas in Biliran.
“Yes, I am saying this because we have evidence to prove , my only hope that dirty tricks in the politics in Biliran must immediately be stopped. We have intelligent people in Biliran to select their leaders in May 2010 presidential elections,” Chong said.
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