Who killed Albuera Mayor Espinosa while in jail? We have a hunch
Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa and drug suspect Raul Yap were killed in a shootout inside the Baybay City Provincial Jail early Saturday morning.It seems like the powerful forces behind the drug operations in the Visayas have started their clean-up operations against persons of interest to prevent them from exposing the higher officials involved in the drug trade.
Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 8 were at the jail to serve search warrants on the two detainees for separate cases when the latter fired at the cops and a shootout ensued, Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Director Elmer Beltejar said.
The cops were about to serve a search warrant on Espinosa for violation of Republic Act No. 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.
Weeks into the office, President Rody Duterte named narco-generals and politicians allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. Intelligence groups came up with the list.
Mayor Espinosa, after being exposed, promised to divulge all other government officials involved in the illegal drug trade in the Visayas. According to one report, even Leila De Lima was said to be on Espinosa's blue book. Just imagine what would it mean if De Lima, a seating senator, is proven to be involved in the illegal drug trade.
De Lima, on her part, vehemently denied the allegations.
With Espinosa's death, its veracity might no longer be verified.
The police has immediately launched an investigation to the incident.
In a statement, PNP spokesperson Sr. Supt. Dionardo Carlos said, "As a matter of procedure, this incident will undergo investigation to establish the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident."
"RD PRO8 CSupt Beltejar has constituted a panel that will look into the incident. Also, Regional Internal Affairs Service 8 (RIAS8) will conduct its own investigation," Carlos said.
In the hindsight, one can't help but wonder what is the involvement of the corrupt local police officers on this incident. The involvement of the officials of Baybay City Provincial Jail shouldn't be ruled out either. Even those who are from CIDG. This incident is sketchy and messy to say the least.
President Duterte himself said that illegal drug burgeoned with the help and administration of corrupt police and government officials so I won't be surprised if the investigation yields people from the government as the perpetrators.
Narco-police generals colluding with narco-politicians are still at large. Their networks of criminals, although a bit impeded, are still generally at work.
If someone doubts Duterte's resolve to cleanse the government ranks of druggies, I say, the day of reckoning will come sooner than later.
Who killed Albuera Mayor Espinosa while in jail? We have a hunch Reviewed by Raelyn Luchansky on 1:56:00 AM Rating: