CAPTURED suspected Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa will be back in Manila early tomorrow morning under heavy security to save him from any attempt to keep him from revealing h is protectors in government, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa announced yesterday.
A team of senior PNP officials led by Senior Supt. Albert Ignatius D. Ferro last Sunday flew to Abu Dhabi on a mission to safely return the son of slain Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando 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. Gen. de la Rosa said he was told that Ferro and his team have yet to interview Kerwin although he was assured that there was no problem in the processing of Espinosa’s papers.
Kerwin’s affidavit will be taken at the PNP-AIDG headquarters as soon as he arrives.
Security will be very tight in Camp Crame tomorrow with journalists and their crew set to be subjected to strict inspection by the PNP Headquarters Support Service.
With Ferro in Abu Dhabi are PNP-AIDG chief of staff Senior Supt. Randy Peralta and the PNP chief’s senior executive assistant, Senior Supt. Alden Delvo.
Joining the three is the PNP attache in the Middle East, Senior Supt. Enrique Magalona.
The top cop also said they will ask the court to allow them to keep custody of Kerwin instead of bringing him to Leyte since it would be very risky.
“Basta ready lang kami, prepared kami pero hindi na natin dadalhin sa Albuera, para less ang risk. Hindi nga natin i-present sa court sa Albuera. Kausapin natin ang court doon na i-return ang warrant tapos pabisitahin pa natin, mahirap ‘yun,” he said.
The PNP chief expressed belief that Espinosa's knowledge about the illegal drug trade is valuable in the campaign against illegal drugs.
“Very important dahil he holds the key to the future of others involved in the illegal drug trade. Siya ang makakapagsabi,” he said.
Before his death, the older Espinosa executed an affidavit naming beleaguered Senator Leila M. de Lima as among 200 public officials who are allegedly in his son’s payola. Another son of the mayor has also claimed that De Lima, a former chairperson of the Commission on Human rights received at least P8 million in drug payoffs, charges vehemently denied by the neophyte senator.
Gen. Dela Rosa vowed that Kerwin will not be harmed and won’t meet the fate of his father who was killed in a reported shootout with agents of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group who raided his cell at the Baybay sub-provincial jail last November 5.