Rolando Espinosa Sr., the mayor of Albuera, Leyte and one of narco-politicians tagged by President Duterte for illegal drug trade, was shot dead inside his prison cell at the Baybay City Provincial Jail in Leyte on November 5.
In an article published by ABS-CBN News, an official claimed that it was Espinosa and fellow inmate Raul Yap who first fired a shot against the operatives of the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 8 while a search warrant is being served early Saturday morning.
Exchanged of fires ensued during the operation that resulted in the instant death of Albuera and Yap, explained CIDG Region 8’s Supt. Melvin Marcos.
“Silang dalawa ang nagpaputok sa operatiba natin at napilitan po yung mga operatiba natin na gumanti at ito po yung nagresulta na ikinamatay ng mga suspek,” Marcos said.
Marcos said a search warrant was issued to verify the existence of drug dealings and firearms inside the provincial jail as reported by an informant.
CIDG 8 provincial officer Leo Laraga applied for the search warrants from a judge which was released on Friday afternoon. It was served to the suspects at 4:00 am of Saturday.
Marcos added that upon arriving at the provincial jail, the guards immediately stopped the raiding team from carrying out the search warrants.
Scene Of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) recovered two firearms inside the cell in which Espinosa used a .38 Super gun.
SOCO also discovered several sachets containing suspected shabu, suspected dried marijuana leaves, and assorted drug paraphernalia.
It can be recalled that Espinosa surrendered to police authorities after President Duterte issued the “shoot on sight” against him.
His son, Kerwin, an alleged drug lord, was nabbed in Abu Dhabi.
Officials are arranging Kerwin’s return to the Philippines in order to face drug trafficking charges.
Espinosa is the second narco-politicians tagged by Pres. Duterte who were killed by police authorities.
Datu Saudi Ampatuan Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom and his nine companions was killed in a shootout on October 28 at a checkpoint in North Cotabato.