Espinosa to appear at Crame after 6 of his men die in shootout
After six of Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.’s hired men died in a police operation early Wednesday morning, the Albuera, Leyte mayor is expected to report to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) this afternoon.
In a press briefing at Camp Crame, Philippine National Police spokesperson Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said Espinosa committed to CIDG head Chief Supt. Roel Obusan he would report to the police 9 a.m. Wednesday.
The mayor has not showed up as of press time.
Carlos said the police will track him down if he will not show up within the day.
“We will find him,” he said.
Espinosa promised to PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa he would cooperate with the police during a press conference on Tuesday.
His son Kerwin, who is also alleged involved in drug trafficking, is still in hiding.
At about 4:30 a.m., six individuals died in a shootout with the police at a compound which the Espinosa family owns in Sitio Tinago, Barangay Binulho.
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, 9 millimeter while the other .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. JE
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