ESPINOSA KILLING

Judge who issued search warrant faces probe

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THE Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the investigation of the judge who issued a search warrant served on Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. in his cell at the Baybay City provincial jail.

SC spokesman Theodore Te

SC spokesman Theodore Te

said the order wsa issued during the court’s regular en banc session Tuesday.
The judge was identified as Tarcelo Sabarre Jr. of the Regional Trial Court branch 30 in Basey, Samar.

“The Supreme Court has ordered an investigation into the circumstances relative to the purported issuance of the search warrant directed to the CIDG that led to the death in custody of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa,” Te said in a news conference.

The police had claimed that Espinosa was killed because he tried to shoot it out with the law enforcers who served the search warrant.


Another inmate, Raul Yap, was also killed.

The incident triggered a public outcry as government officials and private citizens questioned why a warrant had to be served at 4 a.m. to search Espinosa’s jail cell. The police and other government agencies had initiated their own investigations into the incident.

Meanwhile, some lawmakers at the House of Representatives on Tuesday called for the creation of an independent commission to look into the “questionable” killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa.

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, abn opposition leader, said the proposed commission will be composed of retired justices of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

“I don’t think the task of investigating should be discharged by a congressional committee or a Senate committee because the independence and impartiality of the members would be compromised and even [imputed with]political accommodation and partisan agendas,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte has to approve the creation of the commission in order to show his respect for the judicial process and rule of law, and ensure the commission’s independence, according to Lagman.

“No less than the President in many statements had encouraged the use of violence to put an end to criminality,” he said.

“The growing culture of violence and killings which is condoned if not encouraged by government authorities has emboldened the police to violate the right to life with impunity and the worst violence is the one committed by the state or agency who are supposed to protect the citizens—and I think everybody should put in their collective voices to stop this campaign of violence and killings and go back to the rule of law and the protection of human rights,” Lagman said.

Another member of the opposition, Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin, agreed with Lagman’s call for a commission to investigate the Espinosa killing.

“These are not mere statistics that we can just put aside because if we do not express distress or horror at what is happening, the effect would be as if nothing happened,” Villarin said.

Samar Rep. Raul Daza and Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, meanwhile, questioned the legality of serving the search warrant on the imprisoned Espinosa.

“It is very odd that the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group), in order to gain entry [inside the cell], used a search warrant,” Daza said, while Baguilat said the Philippine National Police has some explaining to do on this matter.

“This is not to indict the entire PNP but to find out if there is a cover-up of Espinosa’s supposed links to other top officials,” the Ifugao lawmaker said.

“Also, it is really poor jail management if an inmate can get hold of a gun while incarcerated,” Baguilat added.

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  1. With such a precedent, who could now prevent the PNP from getting a search warrant to annihilate the community at the National Penitentiary. Arms and ammos have been hauled by the PNP and DOJ from this hot spot in the past without search warrants – and without any casualty. Now, they have a working and effective business case.

  2. The killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa while he is inside prison cell happened on Duterte’s watch and he’s got major role and responsibility leading to the killing of Espinosa by his very own law enforcers. This is what happen when the president himself encourages his ‘men’ to kill suspected criminals and drug users and said “sagot ko kayo”. In the words of actress Agot Isidro that Duterte is a psychopath, I’m beginning to see as well as the growing number of Filipinos, that Duterte in fact, is one or he’s got some serious mental or psychological problem.

  3. Lacson correctly said that Espinosa’s killing was a poorly written script. Maybe they should have asked Lacson to write the script instead. He has plenty of expertise if the 1996 blockbuster “Kuratong Baleleng” is to be any indication.

  4. The raid in a government facility smacks a bad precedent to be followed. How come a judge could issue a SW on a jail facility where inspection of prohibited items was done on a regular basis. Come to think of it. It is very absurd and disrespectful to the warden and prison guard. Look what happen the police disarmed the prison guard and that is s sign of disrespect to the prison guard, it will develop animosity beyween the two gov’t. Institution. I hope the SC will do something to prevent such scenario ti happen again.

    • With such a precedent, who could now prevent the PNP from getting a search warrant to annihilate the community at the National Penitentiary. Arms and ammos have been hauled by the PNP and DOJ from this hot spot in the past without search warrants – and without any casualty. Now, they have a working and effective business case.

  5. Lagman’s statement is bias, i never heard PRRD ordered the law enforcers to use violence to end criminality. I used to admire Lagman but ive lost my admiration since he failed to lead LAKAS and can not accept defeat from fellow LAKAS member.

  6. This killing is a network of drug syndicate, from high ranking politiacian & drug lords.
    No need of pointing fingers instead bring out those guys who killed Espinosa and castrate them, press their balls or testicle till they reveal who are behind this crime.

    This another approch of bringing down our great president. Till now there are many politician cant get over. They were greedy, nothing but only making money they want..they are not serving our Filipino community. Hope this will be solved easily & no more “meron masasa-gasaan process”

  7. Lagman talked many lies when said ““The growing culture of violence and killings which is condoned if not encouraged by government authorities has emboldened the police to violate the right to life with impunity and the worst violence is the one committed by the state or agency who are supposed to protect the citizens—and I think everybody should put in their collective voices to stop this campaign of violence and killings and go back to the rule of law and the protection of human rights,” Lagman said.

    PRRD in his inaugural address on June 30,2016 that he knew the power and limit of the presidency and that his adherence to due process of the law and the rule of law is uncompromising. He instructed all authorities, the AFP and PNP to do their work and the full support of the President is with them, while abusing their authority is a hell to pay. Now those found abusing their authority were relieved from job and under thorough investigation. In like manner, those killings done by vigilantes and riding in tandems were all under investigations and indicted in the in court under proper jurisdiction.

    So where can Rep. Edcel Lagman hooking up his lies of Duterte condoning killings without due process of the law, but only when Lagman used his professional skill to lie both inside and outside Congress session. Therefore heaven and earth knew. Lagman earns his living by lies and feed his family pf dirty money proceeds from lies, and imagine what is said in the Bible, those dirty money is fed to the mouth of his family like shovel of gravel. Its just so gross Mr. Lagman!! If I were you Mr. Lagman, just resign, to preserve the unblemished name of our highly reputable Congress. Taxpayer’s money need not be a wise expenditures for your many lies. ALIS JAN MR. LAGMAN!!!

  8. armando flores on

    It is quite obvious. The author in the killing of mayor espinosa and other murders and on-going campaign to kill as many as the jews killed by hitler is the one sitting in malacanang.

  9. Lagman, didn’t you’re listening when President Duterte said in his inaugural address on June 30, among others, ……. to the authorities, abuse of the law is a hell to pay…… That’s clearly makes you a liar, Mr. Lagman with your words, according to Lagman.“No less than the President in many statements had encouraged the use of violence to put an end to criminality.”

  10. “Also, it is really poor jail management if an inmate can get hold of a gun while incarcerated,”
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    Just as bad is allowing police to enter the secure part of the jail that houses inmates with their weapons.
    The only prison officials who are issued guns in a real jail are if a inmate is leaving the jail and has a armed escort such as a hospital run or a prison officer assigned to the towers and perimeter.

    Prison officers are not issued guns inside the jail because usually there are more inmates than guards so it would be a simple matter for them to take the officer’s weapon.

    The prison officials should be fired and charged along with the police.

  11. this was obviously a rubout. lacson was correct to point that out immediately. a proper investigation has to be done. and duterte, regardless of his popularity, has to come out and take the lead in calling for such an investigation. this may yet be the straw that broke the camel’s back. he has a lot of enemies. and this rubout can be used to bring him down.

    • Correct NICKY LEE, but you’re wrong to include Duterte, since, you do not mean to indict the entire PNP, but merely the 24 CIDG raiding team who claim to carry warrant at 4:00AM raid, while warrant was only served at 11:00AM seven hours after the raid the killing of Mayor Espinosa and other inmate. To include Duterte in the wrong doing in this particular case, whether you are in public or private sectors are works of stupid accusation. Please, people, do not be counted among liars and demonizing the works of President Duterte, be always truthful, either verbally or in writing, because the double bladed sword of God is directly pointed to your hearts and eventually consign you to the eternal fires. Surely you won’t miss your destiny in hell..

    • Oh Jose!
      You minced so much words beyond the context of what NICKY wrote.
      Jesus abhorred the charlatans!