Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines – The lawyer of beleaguered Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and son Kerwin Espinosa was killed in an ambush incident perpetrated by still unknown attackers in Lumbang, Calanipawan, this city.
Killed on the spot is Atty. Rogelio Bato, a resident of Lolita Village, San Jose, also of this city.
Also killed in the incident is a certain Angelica Bonita, 15 years old and a student of Sagkahan National High School.
PNP Tacloban City Director Senior Superintendent Rolande Bade said that the two were killed around 2 p.m. on 23 August 2016.
The bodies of the victim, found in a Totota Hilux, were razed with multiple gunshot wounds.
Accounts of witnesses said that the perpetrators were on board a Mitsubishi Strada when they started firing at the victims’ car.
Bade said that it’s still early for the authorities to conclude that the assassination is related to illegal drug activities.
Week prior to the incident, PNP Regional Director Chief Superintendent Elmer Beltejar mentioned Bato as among those being investigated relative to narcotics activities in Eastern Visayas.
The lawyer’s clients, father and son Espinosas, are being tagged as top drug lords in the region.
Mayor Espinosa surrendered to PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.
Recently, 6 armed men, allegedly hitmen of the Espinosas, were killed in a gunfight with police authorities in a property owned by them.
Illegal drugs worth P88 million were also recovered from the house of the mayor. The elder Espinosa however continue to deny that he had anything to do with the illegal drugs trade.
A drug test on him turned in negative result.
Kerwin, considered No. 1 drug lord in Eastern Visayas, is still at large despite the repeated call of his father and PNP Chief Bato to surrender himself in.
The Tacloban police chief said that investigation on the incident is already underway.
Meanwhile, City Mayor Cristina Romualdez rushed to the crime scene and condemned the barbaric action. She urged the authorities to bring the killers to justice. (Bryan Azura)