ALBUERA, Leyte Mayor and suspected drug lord coddler Rolando Espinosa was shot dead by a still unidentified gunman inside his jail cell in Baybay City Provincial Jail early Saturday morning. The incident is still under investigation.
Espinosa, father and alleged protector of suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, was reportedly being served an arrest warrant by members of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group when he was gunned down. He earlier surrendered to the authorities and even pleaded to his son, who was then at large, to give himself up in a bid to avoid the fate of many alleged drug dealers who were gunned down and meted the so-called “cardboard justice” by alleged vigilantes.
Cardboard justice, which is condemned by Catholic Churches and human rights advocates, is dispensed when alleged vigilantes kill a suspected criminal and a piece of cardboard marked with his alleged crimes is placed atop the cadaver of the victim.
PNP Regional Director for Region 8 Elmer Beltejar, who spoke with reporters, confirmed Espinosa’s death. He added, however, that details of the shooting are still sketchy adding that the PNP-CIDG did not coordinate their service of warrant to Espinosa.
Mayor Espinosa had surrendered to the PNP last August after his name was included in a list of government officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs. He subsequently left police custody and returned to work but was arrested last October 5 for illegal-drugs and weapons charges.
The younger Espinosa, on the other hand, was arrested in Abu Dhabi where he fled last month following a facial reconstruction in an attempt to avoid arrest. He is now in the custody of INTERPOL and is in the process of being deported from the United Arab Emirates.