Julliane Love De Jesus INQUIRER.net August 3, 2016
Wearing dark brown Louis Vuitton shoes, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., an alleged drug protector, finally showed up at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) office on Wednesday afternoon.
Accompanied by his wife and daughter, who carried a signature Michael Kors bag, Espinosa arrived at the CIDG office in Camp Crame with his counsel at 2 p.m. He committed earlier to report to CIDG at 9 a.m.
His son Kerwin, who is also allegedly involved in drug trafficking, is still in hiding.
Espinosa will submit an affidavit of undertaking before CIDG head Chief Supt. Roel Obusan, who had conducted the questioning when the mayor surrendered to the police on Tuesday.
As of press time, the mayor, his family and lawyer are in a meeting with Obusan and the CIDG’s legal team.
Espinosa earlier made a promise to PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa that he would give his “100 percent” cooperation with the police during a press conference.
At about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, six of Espinosa’s hired men died in a shootout with the police at a compound the Espinosa family owns in Sitio Tinago, Barangay Binulho in Leyte
Carlos said policemen were patrolling near the compound when Espinosa’s men opened fire at the cops.
Police recovered at least 13 high-powered firearms inside the compound. Authorities said there were 50 to 100 armed men inside the residence.
But Carlos said, based on the data from the PNP’s Firearms and Explosives Office, Espinosa owns three licensed firearms only–one shotgun and two Glock pistols, a 9 millimeter and a .40 caliber.
The police official said two pistols of Espinosa were considered illegally-owned after the license for both guns expired May this year.
Carlos said the PNP is still confirming if the armed men were hired as Espinosa’s private army group.