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Bato dares cops: Don’t waste time, find Kerwin Espinosa

/ 05:19 PM September 13, 2016
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PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. JULLIANE LOVE DE JESUS/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Don’t waste time. Find drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

Philippine National Police chief Dir. Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa challenged the members of the Eastern Visayas police to capture Kerwin, tagged as one of the biggest drug lords in the region, as soon as possible.

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“Lubos akong matutuwa kasama ng sambayanang Pilipino kung mahuhuli niyo ang drug lord na si Kerwin Espinosa. Ito ang hamon ko sa mga pulis ng Police Regional Office 8 (I would be delighted along with the entire Filipino nation if you could capture the drug lord Kerwin Espinosa. This is my challenge to the cops of the Police Regional Office 8),” Dela Rosa told Eastern Visayas cops in a speech in Palo, Leyte on Tuesday.

“Maski anong palit ng mukha ang kanyang ginawa, alam ko na sa masigasig na paghahanap sa kanya ay matutunton niyo ang kinalalagyan niya (No matter how many times he undergoes facial surgery, I know that your relentless pursuit would help you locate him ),” he added.

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The son of Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. of Albuera, Leyte has been in hiding since his father surrendered to Dela Rosa at Camp Crame in Quezon City. The younger Espinosa reportedly left the country in July after undergoing facial surgery to cover his identity.

The Espinosa patriarch himself revealed that Kerwin is into the illegal drug trade and is getting his drug supply from drug lord Peter Co, who is detained at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

“Let’s not waste any more time and let’s leave no stones unturned in this operation,” Dela Rosa said.

Dela Rosa earlier warned Kerwin that he would die if he would not turn himself in.

“Kapag hindi ka su-surrender, mapapatay ka talaga. Mapapatay ka talaga kung hindi ka su-surrender,” he said. “Your life is really in danger.”

Mayor Espinosa and his family are currently under protective custody at the municipal police station in Albuera, Leyte./rga

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TAGS: Albuera, Illegal drugs, Kerwin Espinosa, Leyte, Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., Philippine National Police chief Dir. Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa
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