Is there a narco connection between Kerwin Espinosa and Sen. De Lima?

Albuera, Leyte, Philippines – It was the first meeting between Mayor Rolando Espinosa and Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido since the former surrendered to PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on 2 August 2016.

Assorted firearms of various caliber were recovered in an Espinosa property in Sto. Tinago, Brgy. Benolho, Albuera after a firefight between police authorities and armed men believed to be members of Espinosa Drug Group. The gunfight resulted in the death of 6 hitmen of Espinosas. (Photo courtesy: PRO 8)
On 22 August 2016, Mayor Espinosa was inside the police station and was locked down for more than 5 hours to tell the Municipal Chief-of-Police face-to-face the details he knew on the illegal drugs operation of his son, Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. 

The meeting which started from 10 am to 3:30 pm created speculations among local residents that the local chief executive had been arrested. 

As of press time, however, there were no official statements from authorities that a case had been filed against the mayor. 

Recently, 6 armed men, allegedly hitmen of the Espinosas, were killed in a gunfight with police authorities in a property owned by them. 

Illegal drugs worth P88 million were also recovered from the house of the mayor. 

The elder Espinosa however continue to deny that he had anything to do with the illegal drugs trade. 

A drug test on him turned in negative result. Kerwin, considered No. 1 drug lord in Eastern Visayas, is still at large despite the repeated call of his father and PNP Chief Bato to surrender himself in. 

Espenido said that the mayor personally visited his office to inform him the details of the narcotics activity of his son. 

The local police chief said that they have in their possession pay checks as drug payola for high ranking police and military officials as well as politicians in the region. 

He too hinted that the younger Espinosa has link to former Department of Justice (DOJ) and now Senator Leila De Lima. 

The senator had been publicly named by President Rodrigo Duterte as drug protector and has benefitted from drug money. 

The senator denied the allegation of the president.
 
Apart from that, Espenido did not provide further details on his discussion with the controversial mayor.
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