Leyte town suspends classes after cops’ clash with ‘drug trader”s goons
ALBUERA, Leyte — Security concerns prompted 10 public schools near Barangay Benolho in Albuera town to suspend classes on Thursday, a day after the bloody shootout between law enforcers and goons of suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.
“The suspension will be until Friday if the situation does not improve,” Karen Barrel, information officer of Leyte schools division office.
The suspension, affecting 3,892 elementary pupils and 126 teachers, came upon the requests of the school heads and parents who got scared after the gun battle that ensued between the Albuera police and a group of armed men.
Six men were killed in the shootout just outside the compound owned by Kerwin Espinosa, son of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. who was tagged as biggest drug lord in Eastern Visayas composed of Samar, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte and Biliran.
Two of the six fatalities were identified as Ricky Gravillo and Teresito Paderangga; two other men were known as “Tatay”; and one was known as “Arman.” A sixth fatality remained unidentified, as of Thursday.
Police said the six armed men were members of the “liquidation squad” or the assassination team of the Espinosas, ready to “eliminate” those their bosses wanted killed, said Chief Inspector Jovie Espinido, Albuera police chief.
The police recovered 21 long firearms and 16 hand guns during the shootout.
Some of these firearms bore “government arsenal” markings, indicating that these were government-issued firearms. SFM
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