Espinosa killed in jail

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This photo taken on August 2, 2016 shows Leyte Albuera Mayor Ronaldo Espinosa (L) talking to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa (R) at Camp Crame in Manila. Espinosa, linked to the illegal drug trade, was shot dead in cell on November 5, police said, the second local official implicated in narcotics to be killed in two weeks. AFP PHOTO

This photo taken on August 2, 2016 shows Leyte Albuera Mayor Ronaldo Espinosa (L) talking to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa (R) at Camp Crame in Manila. Espinosa, linked to the illegal drug trade, was shot dead in cell on November 5, police said, the second local official implicated in narcotics to be killed in two weeks. AFP PHOTO

MANILA: A Philippine mayor President Rodrigo Duterte named as being involved in the illegal drug trade was shot dead in jail Saturday, police said, the second local official implicated in narcotics to be killed in two weeks.

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Duterte, 71, won May elections in a landslide on a promise to kill tens of thousands of criminals to prevent the Philippines from becoming a narco-state, and has launched an unprecedented war on drugs that has left more than 4,000 people dead.

He had named several local officials, policemen and judges as being involved in the narcotics trade and urged them to surrender.

In August, he accused Rolando Espinosa, the mayor of Albuera town in the central island of Leyte, and his son of drug trafficking and demanded they turn themselves in, giving police a “shoot on sight” order if the two resisted arrest.

Mayor Espinosa then surrendered to the national police chief, saying he feared for his life, and was arrested last month.

But early Saturday morning, police said Espinosa was killed in his cell in the provincial jail after he shot at officers during a search for illegal firearms.

“He fired on the raiding team. The raiding team fired back and this led to the mayor’s death,” chief inspector Leo Laraga of the regional police told Agence France-Presse.

He added that another inmate accused of drug trafficking was also killed, after he too fired at the officers.

The national police said it was investigating the circumstances surrounding Espinosa’s death as well as possible collusion between guards and inmates to get guns and drugs into the jail.

Police chief Ronald dela Rosa previously said Espinosa had been listed in official records as a “drug protector”, whose son Kerwin controlled the narcotics trade in the Albuera region.

Kerwin was arrested in the United Arab Emirates last month and is set to return to the Philippines to face drug trafficking charges.

In August, six of the Espinosas’ supporters died in a gunfight with police outside the mayor’s property in Albuera where officers said they recovered guns and several grenades.

Another mayor accused of drug trafficking was killed in the southern Philippines in late October.

Police said Samsudin Dimaukom and his security personnel opened fire after anti-narcotics police stopped their vehicles at a checkpoint on suspicion they were transporting illegal drugs. AFP

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  1. Pinapatay ni DeLi b0G si Espinosa Sr. para hindi makapag-testigo laban sa kanya. Susunod si Kerwin pag balik nya rito sa Pinas.

  2. The alibi of resisting arrest or resisting service of search warrant is a very shallow smokescreen under the prevailing circumstance of the victims being inside jail, all the more since none of the CIDG team sustained even only sllight physical injury. The victims’ being already inside jail precludes their being able to elude arrest or resist service of search warrant, as to justify violemce by CIDG.

  3. Mr President! Should you feel you are unable to finish your term, please make sure you turn over the Government to the army a junta until a newly elected leader not belonging to the yellow cult, we also don’t want the prostituted lugaw queen. Let the Philippines have a honest to goodness election run by the army and supervised you please. No Smartmatic and get rid of Bautista and his cohorts…PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, we’ve had enough. And Jail delimaw too.

    • Why was the yellow turd Aquino able to jail his enemy’s easily, and impeach the Chief Justice by bribing senatongs and tongressmen. Why can’t we do the same with the whore De Lima.