CEBU CITY, Philippines – Kerwin Espinosa, the son of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr who is wanted for alleged drug trafficking, is also on the list of top drug personalities in Central Visayas.
Ruiz said that Espinosa was the counterpart of suspected Cebuano drug lord Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz, who was killed in a police operation in Las Piñas in July.
Espinosa’s father surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) after President Rodrigo Duterte issued a 24-hour warning for the father and son.
Espinosa was previously arrested in Cebu in 2010, and in Ormoc, Leyte, in 2015, for attempted homicide.
The Cebu Provincial Police Office (CCPO) is on alert as Espinosa might have returned to hide in Cebu, his father’s province.
“Kung naa siya sa Cebu, panawagon nako, ayaw lang pakita nako, kay magunhana’y mi (If you’re in Cebu, my message to you is, don’t show yourself to me, because I’ll get you first)” Ruiz warned.
He said he believes that Espinosa is armed and dangerous and would not surrender peacefully. “Shoot on sight if musukol (he puts up a fight),” Ruiz said.
“Masukol gyud siya. Di magpadakop (He will really put up a fight. He won’t just surrender),” he added.
Earlier in the day, in Albuera town, 6 men allegedly linked to the elder Espinosa were killed in a shootout with local police. – Rappler.com