Mayor Rolando Espinosa’s compund
TACLOBAN, Leyte — Along with the members of the media, PNP Albuera entered a compound owned by Espinosa father-and-son in Brgy. Tinago 2, Albuera, Leyte.
Outside the house of Mayor Rolandoe Espinosa Sr., an obstacle course can be seen, supposedly used as a training ground for Espinosa’s alleged armed group.
According to the chief of police of Albuera, Leyte P/CInsp. Jovie Espinido, they received reports that there are bullet proof vests and luxury cars inside the compound.
“They have properties in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Almost everywhere in the Philippines. They also have one in Hong Kong,” Espinido said.
When operatives entered the compound, they discovered a number of vehicles such as red Toyota Hilux Vigo Champ, black Toyota Fortuner, black Nissan Navara Frontier, red Toyota car, gray Toyota van, and two expensive motorbikes.
They also found various models of jet ski and speed boat. These are allegedly Kerwin’s means of transport when he wants to go to Cebu.
Kerwin also has a mini-gym and a billiard table. Mayor espinosa also has a variety of species of pythons.
Espinido said these exotic animals will be turned over to the DENR once the two Espinosas are formally charged.
One of the animals recently died because no one is taking care of them.
Meanwhile, a resident of Brgy. Tinago 1 has personally surrendered short firearms to Espinido and promised to help the authorities in turning over the rest of the firearms within the area.
Espinido said, the cooperation of the residenst in Albuera is vital to ensure the peace and order in the area.
Meanwhile, Albuera Vice Mayor Rosa Meneses says, since Mayor Rolando Espinosa surrendered to PNP Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa on Monday, there has been no formal appointment yet as to who is in charge of the town except for the municipal administrator who temporarily administers the transactions in the municipal office.
Meneses said, Mayor Espinosa has appointed first councilor Sixto de la Victoria as OIC but the latter declined.
That’s why beginning Monday, August 8, Meneses will be taking over as the OIC-Mayor of Albuera, Leyte
“I have to wait for the order from the DILG that I would be assuming office on Monday,” Meneses said.
(JENELYN GAQUIT/UNTV NEWS & RESCUE)