THE driver of former Pangasinan governor and lawmaker Amado Espino Jr died on Thursday night, Ilocos Region police said.
Region 1 police confirmed on Friday the death of the driver of former Pangasinan governor and lawmaker Amado Espino Jr in a hospital on Thursday night.
Agapito Quizon died at 6:30 p.m. from wounds he sustained in the ambush against Espino on Wednesday, Police Lieutenant Colonel Mary Crystal Peralta, Police Regional Office (PRO) spokesman, said in a press briefing.
One of Espino’s bodyguards, Staff Sergeant Richard Esguerra, died on the spot.
Espino and his two other bodyguards – Police Staff Sergeants Jayon Malsi and Kervin Marbori – are in stable condition.
Antonio Columbino, who was also in Espino’s convoy, was uninjured.
“Wala pa po tayong motive na nakikita,” Peralta said.
Espino sustained gunshot wounds on his stomach and arms.
The suspects, 7 to 10 of them, fled to Malasiqui, Pangasinan after the ambush, Peralta said.
The owners of the vehicles used by the gunmen have also been identified, police said.
The Elantra is registered under the name of one Marivic Villanueva while the Ford Everest is under John Paul Regalado, police reported.
Several high-powered firearms were recovered from inside the vehicles.
Region 1 police will coordinate with the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) to verify if the cars were stolen or not.
On Thursday afternoon, Colonel Redrico Maranan, Pangasinan police chief, revealed that based on investigation, the gunmen were members of a gun-for-hire group.
At 4:30 p.m., unidentified gunmen ambushed the former governor in Barangay Magtaking in San Carlos City.
Maranan said that Espino had been receiving death threats before the incident. DARWIN PESCO