SUSPECTED big-time drug lord Roland “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. is set to return home at 3 a.m. today on board a Philippines Airlines flight from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Chief Supt. Mao Aplasca, PNP Aviation Security Group (ASG) director, said they have deployed additional Special Operation Unit men to augment security forces at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 2 to ensure the safety of Kerwin, son of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.
Aplasca said aside from the police security escort from Camp Crame, he deployed additional police forces to ensure the safety of Kerwin.
Aplasca said a police team headed by Chief Supt. Albert Ferro of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) will accompany Kerwin on his flight back to Manila.
The young Espinosa will be held at the maximum-security Philippine National Police Custodial Center which also houses former Senators Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, said PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos.
“The preparation is being made. Once in place, the HSS will advise us on what information we can give you,” Carlos said.
Carlos said that Kerwin’s escorts will transport him to Camp Crame after arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. He will be subjected to booking procedures, have his statement taken by the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group and held at the PNP Custodial Center.
PNP chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa will present Kerwin to the media as soon as he arrives in Camp Crame. “Kerwin will be presented upon arrival para makitang secured na secured siya sa hawak ng PNP,” said Carlos.
Earlier, Gen. de la Rosa said Kerwin will be back to Manila early morning Friday under heavy security to prevent any harm to him.
A team of senior PNP officials led by Senior Superintendent Albert Ignatius D. Ferro last Sunday flew to Abu Dhabi on a mission to safely return the son of slain Albuera Mayor Espinosa Sr. to Manila where he will have to face the non-bailable charges against him. A Manila-Abu Dhabi straight trip takes about nine hours.
“Ang sabi sa akin ni Col. Ferro baka mga madaling araw ng Biyernes, mga 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. ang dating nila,” the PNP chief said.
The PNP chief expressed belief that Espinosa’s knowledge about the illegal drug trade is valuable in the campaign against illegal drugs in the country. “Very important dahil he holds the key to the future of others involved in the illegal drug trade. Siya ang makakapagsabi,” he said.