WHISTLEBLOWER Sandra Cam has said that suspected Eastern Visayas drug lord Roland ‘‘Kerwin’’ Espinosa may reveal 12 ‘big names’ most likely part of the previous Aquino administration who are allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. They include ‘‘governors, congressmen, mayors and police generals.’’
This as a police official revealed that Espinosa is rich that he was able to bring his family with him to Dubai where he rented an exclusive flat for 300,000 Dirham or roughly P3.9 million a month. He also gave a one-year deposit worth 3.6 million Dirham which is equivalent to P46.8 million, the People’s Tonight learned yesterday.
“We found out that he rented the place for that huge amount of money and was required to pay a one-year deposit worth nearly P47 million,” said Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group director, Senior Superintendent Albert Ignatius D. Ferro.
The official said Espinosa was with his wife Hazel and three children when arrested by Abu Dhabi authorities at 901 Mubarak Tower located at Sheik Khalifa Street in downtown Abu Dhabi. The place is located just in front of the city’s World Trade Center.
“We got word that Kerwin Espinosa flew out of the country with his family since he is very much worried he would be targeted for assassination by persons who have been protecting him. This is the reason why we need to fully secure him once he is returned to The Philippines,” Ferro, a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1989, said.
The official said that information from some Overseas Filipino Workers sent to PNP chief, Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa provided them enough leads that led to the whereabouts of Espinosa, son of now detained Albuera, Leyte Mayor Ronaldo Espinosa Sr.
He also confirmed whistleblower Sandra Cam’s claim that her employee in Abu Dhabi tipped off Kerwin’s whereabouts. Cam said that her staff called her after spotting him at a building in the United Arab Emirates capital where Cam operates a small manpower business.
“Cam’s employee spotted Kerwin while cleaning the elevator. We learned that Cam’s employees were assigned at Mubarak Tower’s 7th floor,” the official said.
The whistleblower also insinuated these officials are most likely part of the previous Aquino administration. Cam said that last October 8, she received a call from one of her employees who claimed she spotted Espinosa inside the building where she has been working.
Cam said that her staff then sent her a photo of Espinosa who was with a Filipina nurse. She then passed on the information to President Rodrigo Duterte’s special assistant Bong Go after receiving confirmation from the immigration bureau in Abu Dhabi.
Another People’s Tonight source said they got the information that a former girlfriend of Kerwin identified only as alias ‘Sarah’ arranged the entry of the young Espinosa to Abu Dhabi and even helped him find a place where he and his family can stay.
The source who demanded anonymity theorized that Espinosa wanted to protect him and his family from possible reprisals by his ‘protectors’ when he fled the country. “He was fearful of his life and that of his family. He doesn’t care about his money anymore,” he said.
At present, Abu Dhabi authorities are investigating Espinosa for violation of immigration laws he committed while hiding in the oil-rich city. Ferro said that they will fly back to Abu Dhabi to escort Espinosa to Manila as soon as they got official word regarding his repatriation from the Philippine Embassy.
As soon as Abu Dhabi authorities free him within the next few weeks, the PNP team will return to Abu Dhabi to escort Espinosa to Manila where he will be initially taken to the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame for questioning before being transferred under the custody of the Police Regional Office 8 headed by Chief Supt., Elmer C. Beltejar.
Officials said that Espinosa -- described as the 2nd most wanted’ high-value’ drug target in the Philippines -- could be released in a month’s time since Abu Dhabi authorities are still digging deeper into who provided him sanctuary in the oil-rich Arab state.