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Jing Jing Espinosa sends a not-so-subtle threat

Jing Jing Espinosa sends a not-so-subtle threat

Jing Jing Espinosa, who has served a prison term for killing a hapless deaf-mute back in 1993, is angry that I reported on the filing of frustrated and attempted murder charges against him by the Department of Justice. He sent me this message through a Facebook private message. He thinks he can frighten everybody because he enjoys protection from the top floor of the overpriced Iloilo City Hall.

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Plaridel Nava is Jed’s Pet

 

Councilor Plaridel Nava wants to prove his loyalty to his master, Jed Patrick E. Mabilog. That’s the reason he snarls at a lot of people who manifest a dislike for Mabilog. That includes this writer. Nava hates me for being critical of Mabilog. He hates me for exposing the anomalies of his master.

Last week, Nava found himself in the epicenter of a giant political quake when a youth volunteer of Rommel Ynion complained to the police in Lapaz how the arrogant councilor accosted him for coordinating a “libre sakay” activity in Lapuz.

The volunteer, Aljun Rodriguez, said he was riding a Lapuz-bound jeepney to provide “libre sakay” to about a dozen passengers when Nava showed up near Jalandoni Estate and asked him why he was engaging in that activity.

When local radio stations tried to reach him for his comment that night, Nava was nowhere to be found. It was only the following morning that he found the courage to answer questions from the broadcast media.

As expected, Nava denied having accosted Aljun Rodriguez. He was somewhere else, he said. How could that happen when at the time of the alleged encounter, he was more than 5 kilomters away?

But a lie never really takes long to be unmasked. Aksyon Radyo’s John Paul Tia, using skillful interrogatory questions, made a barangay captain who supposedly could vouch for Nava’s presence there confess that there was a lengthy lull in which the councilor’s whereabouts could not be accounted for.

Nava blames this writer for allegedly spinning lies about his involvement in oppressive acts like that. He claims all the negative stories about him were manufactured.

Oh, really?

Did I make up the story of a trampoline activity center manager who was mauled inside the SM City Mall last December 25 by Nava and his bodyguards?

No.

Did I have any participation in a young basketball player’s complaint in Mandurriao that Nava and his bodyguards threatened him after the councilor could not score a point against him?

No.

Did I ask Kerker Hierro and employees in the Hall of Justice to weave a story about Nava pulling a handgun outside a courtroom and threatened to shoot the husband of his alleged ex-paramour?

No.

Did I concoct that report in the local media about a collector of RUSI Marketing who tried to retrieve a motorcycle bought by Nava after the latter failed to settle the past due amortizations?

No.

There are many more incidents in which Nava was pinpointed as the man who either mauled or threatened ordinary people.

By his own admission, Nava said he won’t hesitate to hurt anybody who embarrasses him or makes fun of him. The words came from his own mouth.

Nava boasted that at least, he hasn’t been charged before the Ombudsman for corruption.

I guess that he feels good that he mauls people, but hasn’t been dragged in corruption cases. That makes his boss, Mabilog, a bad guy in his own language. Mabilog is facing more than two dozen Ombudsman cases.

One thing is clear: Nava likes to throw his weight around, especially when his bodyguards, Rex delos Reyes and “Rambo” Demonteverde, are around.

That’s why I’d caution people who met him on the street not to laugh or even smile, because he won’t hesitate to land a punch or a kick over a perceived slight.

Iloilo City Hall ‘corrupt’ – business sector

Iloilo businessmen indict City Hall corruption

Front page of Panay News November 20, 2012

Jing Jing uploads new slide.ly album

Iloilo City’s emerging drug lord Jing Jing Espinosa posted another slide show of photographs together with City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog, Congressman Jerry Trenas and other city officials. It shows that the parties with these politicians are frequent, and their friendship is above acquaintance level.

Jacob NO Fear’s Slidely from Jacob NO Fear Espinosa on Slide.ly.

Iloilo City politicians BFF of Jing Jing Espinosa

SALAMAT MAYOR MABILOG AND CONGRESSMAN TRENAS from Jacob NO Fear Espinosa on Slide.ly.

Clear and present danger: city mayor and drug lords are bosom friends in Iloilo City

The first time the name of Jesus “Jing Jing” Espinosa came out in the news happened sometime in 1993 when he was accused of murdering a deaf-mute who had done nothing to provoke him.

Jing Jing, as he is popularly known, happened to pass by when the victim, Augusto Elon, was urinating in front of their house. He shot him three times at close range. The victim died instantly.

Jed is a frequent visitor to Jing Jing Espinosa’s residence in Barangay Monica. He is a godfather to one of Jing Jing’s children.

The Regional Trial Court of Iloilo found Jing Jing guilty of murder and sentenced him to 10-17 years in prison. After serving his prison term, Jing Jing returned to the “waterfront” area in Barangay Monica.

Sources in the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Jing Jing became friends with a known drug lord while he was in jail. They became business associates upon getting out of jail, the sources said.

“Jing Jing is now a big-time drug lord in Iloilo City,” said a relative in Barangay Monica. His house there is almost like a tower overlooking the waterfront area. It is five stories tall.

In June 2010, Jing Jing’s name again hit the news when a relative, Pascual “Toto E” Espinosa and his brother, Leo, were ambushed on Zamora St., City Proper. “Toto”, a former executive assistant at City Hall during the Malabor administration, suffered wounds but survived. Jing Jing was accused as the perpetrator.

When the case was filed before the City Prosecutor’s Office, Jing Jing asked that the entire prosecutor’s office be inhibited from handling the investigation. The case is still pending before the Department of Justice.

That was the second time “Toto E” was ambushed, allegedly by Jing Jing. In an earlier incident, “Toto E” suffered scratches after his relative allegedly fired at him near a church in the waterfront area.

According to sources, Jing Jing was also convicted of the crime of frustrated murder. The conviction is pending appeal before the Court of Appeals.

Jing Jing is described as a very violent individual. His rise as a drug lord has enabled him to control the entire waterfront area and keeps the police force assigned to the area under his beck and call, according to another relative interviewed for this article.

Because of this, the police is virtually helpless in stopping crimes taking place in the area. One resident said there is hardly a night when there are no gunfire bursts to shatter the quiet evening; the police could do nothing about it, she said.

Jing Jing Espinosa has his own private army in Barangay Monica, armed with heavy firepower. When Mabilog and Trenas visit him, even barangay tanods are issued machine pistols to beef up security.

“Jing Jing is untouchable in the waterfront, and this is largely because of his close friendship with Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog,” an informant in the area said.

Mabilog, the informant said, is a frequent visitor to Jing Jing’s house. This information is validated by the numerous photographs that surfaced over social media networks these last few days showing Mabilog and Jing Jing together.

“Mabilog is the godfather of one of Jing Jing’s children,” said another source. “Mag-kumpare sila,” he added.

When Mabilog was asked about his association with Jing Jing, he told local media there was nothing wrong with it. He even dismissed the issue as “non-sense”.

But the spread of the photographs showing Mabilog and Jing Jing on intimate terms shows many Ilonggos are bothered by this friendship.

Former Iloilo City congressman Raul Gonzalez Jr. sent a text message that in Davao City, drug pushers flee upon seeing the approach of former City Mayor, and now Vice Mayor, Rodrigo Duterte.

“In Iloilo City, our city mayor and congressman (Jerry P. Trenas) even wine and dine with drug lords,” Gonzalez said.

One of the photographs that circulated on the Internet also shows Trenas, along with Vice Mayor Joe Espinosa III and Liga ng mga Barangay federation president Bobby Divinagracia, enjoying a meal with Jing Jing.

There are worries that the intimacy between Mabilog and Jing Jing is the reason the illegal drugs problem has flourished in Iloilo City.

“Mabilog has kept a tight rein on law enforcement authorities and prevented them from pursuing drug pushers in the city,” one police officer, who asked not to be identified, said.