Watch: Drug Suspect Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Arrested, Son Kerwin Remains at Large (Video)
Drug suspect Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was finally arrested this Wednesday morning, October 5, shortly after 8 am. The controversial mayor is facing charges in violation of Republic Act No 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and for illegal possession of firearms, following a raid in his house last August.
According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Eastern Visayas regional director Chief Superintendent Elmer Beltejar, Mayor Espinosa was arrested inside his house in Bgy. Tinago Dos Subvillage, Benoldo, Albuera, Leyte via an arrest warrant issued by Judge Carlos Arguelles of Regional Trial Court Branch 14 in Baybay City, where he was brought.
Last August 10, local authorities conducted a raid in Mayor Espinosa’s house via a search warrant issued by the same judge. Recovered items include 11.4 kilos of suspected methamphetamine or shabu worth P88 million, as well as components used in making improvised explosives, and PNP uniforms, which are believed being worn by his men.
Mayor Espinosa was not present during the raid, but he surrendered to the PNP earlier that month shortly after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a “shoot on sight” if he will not surrender within 24 hours. Later, PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa presented him to media, where he admitted that his son, Kerwin Espinosa is a drug lord.
The troubled mayor then urged his son to surrender, and became under the PNP custody for a couple days inside the “White House” or the official residence of the PNP chief, along with some members of his family. However, they were evicted after Kerwin Espinosa did not surrender. Nevertheless, he was still allowed to hold office at his town police station.
Meanwhile, Mayor Espinosa reportedly did not resist arrest and cooperated with the police. He recently donated a mansion to be used as drug rehabilitation center. However, his son Kerwin remains at large and is believed to be still hiding in Malaysia since June. He reportedly left the Philippines just a few days before President Duterte took his oath.