FATHER AND SON: Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. (left) and Kerwin Espinosa (right).
UPDATE — Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and son Kerwin are not free from any charges despite surrendering to authorities.
PNP Cihef PDG. Ronald Dela Rosa said, they shall file charges of illegal possession of firearms against the Espinosas in Leyte. This, after operatives were able to confiscate high-powered firearms inside the Espinosa compound yesterday.
“The charge of illegal possession of firearms filed against Kerwin and the Mayor, we are filing those in Albuera, Leyte. The warrant for that is yet to be released. So, we cannot have custody of him yet. We will be sending him home,” Dela Rosa said.
The general said he would bring Kerwin straight to Criminal Investigation and Detection Group should he surrender after giving a surrender feeler for his judicial affidavit.
However, there is still a ‘shoot-on-sight’ order against Kerwin.
“Mayor Espinosa said his sibling called him saying Kerwin is coming back home to surrender,” said Dela Rosa.
Meanwhile, General Dela Rosa confirmed that Mayor Espinosa, his wife and child are staying at the PNP White House.
The general explained that it is not special treatment, but part of a strategy in luring Kerwin to reveal himself.
“I have to be humane because his wife and child are there. They keep on crying. Where would I let them sleep? In a cell? That could not be because there is no warrant yet. So, they are staying in the White House for now.”
In addition, the PNP chief said, he can’t just kill father and son like what usually happens in anti-drug operations at barangays when they’re not fighting back.
“Pinapatay talaga ‘pag lumalaban. Itong pumunta sa akin, hindi naman lumaban. Gusto ko talagang patayin e, sa totoo lang. E hindi ko naman pwede patayin kasi di naman lumaban. That’s against the law.”
Kerwin is allegedly connected with retired general Marcelo Garbo and Mayor Vicente Loot in illegal drugs operations in Eastern Visayas.
(LEA YLAGAN/UNTV NEWS & RESCUE)