6 dead in anti-drug raid of Espinosa house in Leyte
ALBUERA, Leyte – At least six hired men of arrested Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. were killed during a police operation against illegal drugs at the family compound in Sitio Tinago, Barangay Binulho, this town early Wednesday.
Two police teams went on patrol outside the Espinosa compound about 4:30 a.m. after receiving a tip that there was “movement” inside the gated residence of the mayor and his son, Kerwin, who was still at large, as of this posting.
An exchange of the gunfire ensued when one of the two armed men guarding the gate allegedly fired at the policemen.
Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and his son, Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr., have been tagged illegal drug manufacturers and traffickers by the Philippine National Police.
Radyo Inquirer 990 AM earlier reported that police were on patrol when they received a call about armed men at the house of the mayor, who surrendered to PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Tuesday (Aug. 2).
The Albuera Police immediately went to the mayor’s house and a shootout ensued.
Among those who shot it out with the police were two bodyguards of Kerwin Espinosa, the son of the Albuera mayor, who has been tagged as his father’s partner in crime and his replacement when the mayor started planning for his mayoral campaign at least two years ago.
The Albuera police said that the gunmen at the mayor’s house were using branded high-powered firearms.
The standoff between the Albuera police and the armed men at the Espinosas’ home continued, as of this posting.
Police estimated there were 50 to 100 armed men inside the residence, as of Wednesday morning.
On Tuesday, Mayor Espinosa surrendered to the PNP and admitted he and his son, Kerwin, have been manufacturing and trafficking shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) from their base in Albuera town, Leyte.
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