Watch: Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Cries, Begs Son Kerwin to Surrender (Video)
Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. cried this Wednesday, August 3 when he begged his son, Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. to surrender to PNP (Philippine National Police) Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. His plea comes a day he surrendered, with the PNP saying that Kerwin should surrender or die. Watch the video below.
“If you’re watching TV, I’ve been suffering so much. Let’s just surrender. At least the President and (PNP chief) Ronald de la Rosa could help us. I promise you that if you surrender, they will help you.” Mayor Espinosa said in Hiligaynon dialect with a crying voice in front of the reporters, during the press briefing at Camp Crame that day.
According to the Bureau of Immigration, Kerwin Espinosa left the country a few days before President Rodrigo Duterte took his oath on June 30 and that there were no records showing that he has already returned since then. Nevertheless, some sources from the immigration said that he flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on June 21 via Cebu Pacific Flight 5J501.
“He belongs to our category as level three meaning he is at the highest level. This means that he operates big time and as far as the police provincial director said, the Espinosa family operates the illegal drug trade as a “family enterprise.”Leyte police director Senior Supt. Frank Simborio said, referring to Kerwin, whose other siblings allegedly acted as collectors.
PNP records show that Kerwin Espinosa, who was dubbed in the drug industry as “Boss K” was arrested on March 5, 2015 in in Ormoc City, also in Leyte during and anti-illegal operation. But for some unknown reasons, he was released. On April 11, 2011, he reportedly shot a local official named Andres Turtogo Jr., and was charged of frustrated murder.
Meanwhile, Mayor Espinosa categorically denied that he is drug lord protector, and that he used drug money in his recent election campaign. He remains a free man because no arrest warrant was issued against him. Nevertheless, the crying father promised to Bato dela Rosa that he will help the government in its intensified fight against illegal drugs.