Ex-mayor nabbed for guns, drugs

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

ARAYAT – For­mer two-term Mayor Luisito “Chito” Espino and a barangay chair­man of this town were yes­ter­day ar­rested by op­er­a­tives of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group (CIDG) and lo­cal po­lice dur­ing a dawn raid in Barangay Ca­cu­tud here.

Espino and Ca­cu­tud vil­lage chair­man Rosendo Di­zon, along with Romy Mal­lari, 42 and Rosauro Dillera, who are al­leged

He ob­tained his bach­e­lor’s de­grees in Com­merce and the Hu­man­i­ties (both summa cum laude) from De La Salle Uni­ver­sity where he es­tab­lished a record by ob­tain­ing straight A’s in the LIACOM course, a five-year pro­gram he fin­ished in four years.

At Har­vard, at the age of 21, he was one of the youngest ever to be a teach­ing fel­low in the Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences.

His spe­cial fields of study are de­vel­op­ment eco­nomics, so­cial eco­nomics, busi­ness eco­nomics and strate­gic man­age­ment. He is also the au­thor of sev­eral eco­nomics text­books widely used in Philip­pine schools and uni­ver­si­ties, and has writ­ten a num­ber of man­age­ment best­sellers like The Philip­pine Ad­van­tage, Book of Virtues and Val­ues, Pro­duc­tiv­ity: Path to Global Com­pet­i­tive­ness, The Filipino Phe­nom­e­non, The Philip­pines at the Thresh­old of the Third Mil­len­nium, and the Pos­i­tive Di­men­sions of Pop­u­la­tion Growth.

Through his work at the Uni­ver­sity of Asia and the Pa­cific and the Cen­ter for Re­search and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, he is of­ten asked to give ad­vice to top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in many pol­icy is­sues, espe­cially in in­dus­trial pol­icy and coun­try­side de­vel­op­ment.

Vil­le­gas was a mem­ber of the Con­sti­tu­tional Com­mis­sion that drafted the Philip­pine Con­sti­tu­tion un­der the gov­ern­ment of for­mer Pres­i­dent Co­ra­zon Aquino. In July 1992, he was ap­pointed mem­ber of the Coun­cil of Eco­nomic Ad­vis­ers of Pres­i­dent Fidel Ramos. And in July 1998, he was asked by for­mer Pres­i­dent Joseph Estrada to help pro­mote the Philip­pines among lo­cal and for­eign i n vest or s.

Un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of for­mer Pres­i­dent Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal Ar­royo, he served as a pri­vate sec­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the boards of the National De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion and the Philip­pine In­fra­struc­ture Cor­po­ra­tion.

Fur­ther­more, dur­ing the time of for­mer Pres­i­dent Benigno Aquino III, he helped gov­ern­ment agen­cies— — both at the national and lo­cal lev­els— — to pro­mote in­vest­ments in the Philip­pines.

Un­der the Duterte Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Vil­le­gas is ea­ger to con­tinue pro­mot­ing in­vest­ments in the Philip­pines espe­cially in the re­gions out­side the National Cap­i­tal Re­gion.

Ac­cord­ing to PamCham Pres­i­dent Jess Nic­dao, Vil­le­gas’timely and wise guid­ance will contribute and help the cham­ber up­hold its mis­sion in prim­ing the coun­try­side and em­pow­er­ing the busi­ness com­mu­nity of the prov­ince.

“As an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed pun­dit on de­vel­op­ment eco­nomics, so­cial eco­nomics, busi­ness eco­nomics and strate­gic man­age­ment, we have, in the past, re­peat­edly sought his ad­vice and ex­per­tise. He has helped guide our mem­bers in their an­nual busi­ness plans and strate­gies. This year is cer­tainly no ex­cep­tion and the busi­ness com­mu­nity in Pam­panga will def­i­nitely ben­e­fit from his in­sights and ex­pert anal­y­sis of what tran­spired in 2016, its im­pli­ca­tions for the Philip­pine econ­omy in 2017, and how coun­try­side de­vel­op­ment will fare as a re­sult,” he said.

Assess­ment fee for the 54th Gen­eral Mem­ber­ship Meet­ing is priced at P500. Mem­bers and in­ter­ested par­tic­i­pants are re­quired to come in busi­ness at­tire. The event will start at ex­actly 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call (045) 455-4223 / 0927 540 3709 or send an email to pam­pan­gacham­ber@gmail.com and info@pamcham.org. You may also visit its web­site: www.pamcham.org.ph.

— Chris Navarro

BRUISED. For­mer Arayat Mayor Chito Espino shows a black bruise in his cheeks al­leg­ing that one of the po­lice­men kicked him dur­ing yes­ter­day’s raid at his home in Barangay Ca­cu­tud, Arayat. Espino and four oth­ers were ar­rested by the CIDG and SAF.

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