Legazpi City (Nov. 20, 2016) – The next hearing of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs would not be focusing only on the killing of Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chair of the said committee, says that although the mayor’s son, Kerwin, may have an idea on the motive of his father’s killing, they would dig deeper into the alleged drug trade in Eastern Visayas.
Speaking over a live Facebook interview, Lacson said that they have invited Kerwin Espinosa to appear and testify either on Wednesday or Thursday.
The senator said that they would also be examining the earlier pronouncements of the slain mayor about the involvement of prominent personalities in the illegal operation.
He stressed that the alleged blue book, purportedly containing the names of those involved, would have to be validated by Kerwin himself.
Lacson revealed that some members of the committee have already heard the initial revelations of the younger Espinosa regarding the issue.
The lawmaker, said that Sen. Manny Pacquiao, already had an initial dialogue with Kerwin at the PNP Custodial Center at Camp Crame.
He said that Sen. Paquiao had relayed to him some of the disclosures of Kerwin and that all of which would have to be confirmed and validated in the next hearing.
When asked if there were senators on the list, Lacson said that, Kerwin would have to say that himself.
Aside from the senate committee, another one who possesses information on the blue book is former jueteng whistle-blower, Sandra Cam.
Aside from lawmen, Cam was one of those who accompanied Kerwin Espinosa on his flight back to the Philippines after his arrest in Abu-Dhabi.
It was also her who tipped off the authorities on the whereabouts of the fugitive, after he was allegedly spotted by her employee.
Senate sources now say that all the committee has to do is to compare the statements of Kerwin Espinosa, Sandra Cam and Albuera police chief, Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espedido, who apparently has also a list in his possession.
The committee has been looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of Mayor Espinosa supposedly during a shootout with elements of the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region.
The incident happened inside the mayor’s cell at the Baybay City Provincial Jail last November 5.
In the same event, another detainee was killed under similar circumstances.
During the last hearing, Sen. Lacson enumerated the mysterious deaths of several individuals linked to the Espinosas among them the family lawyer Atty. Rolando Bato Jr. and Kerwin’s ex-wife. Annalou Llaguno.
Some members of the committee have publicly declared that the November 5 incident was a rubout to silence Mayor Espinosa from revealing the names of those who are allegedly under the payola of his son Kerwin.
At the onset, both the late mayor and Kerwin Espinosa were named by Pres. Duterte himself as drug lords or protectors, in one of his earlier public exposes. (J. Garalde)