Son of Albuera town mayor also wanted in Cebu

Ryan Macasero
Son of Albuera town mayor also wanted in Cebu
Kerwin Espinosa is armed and dangerous and would not surrender peacefully, says Yogi Filemon Ruiz, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 7 chief

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.

Yogi Filemon Ruiz, Regional Director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 7 (PDEA), revealed this to reporters on Wednesday, August 3.

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.  
 
“Before (Leyte), he was here,” Ruiz said in Cebuano. 

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

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Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers social welfare for Rappler. He started at Rappler as social media producer in 2013, and later took on various roles for the company: editor for the #BalikBayan section, correspondent in Cebu, and general assignments reporter in the Visayas region. He graduated from California State University, East Bay, with a degree in international studies and a minor in political science. Outside of work, Ryan performs spoken word poetry and loves attending local music gigs. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmacasero or drop him leads for stories at ryan.macasero@rappler.com