At least six hired men of arrested Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. were
killed during a police operation against illegal drugs at the family
compound in Sitio Tinago, Barangay Binulho, this town early Wednesday.
Two police teams went on patrol
outside the Espinosa compound about 4:30 a.m. after receiving a tip that
there was “movement” inside the gated residence of the mayor and his
son, Kerwin, who was still at large, as of this posting.
An exchange of the gunfire ensued when one of the two armed men guarding the gate allegedly fired at the policemen.
Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa
Sr. and his son, Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr., have been tagged illegal
drug manufacturers and traffickers by the Philippine National Police.
Radyo Inquirer 990 AM earlier reported that police were on patrol
when they received a call about armed men at the house of the mayor, who
surrendered to PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Tuesday
The Albuera Police immediately went to the mayor’s house and a shootout ensued.
Among those who shot it out with the police were two bodyguards of
Kerwin Espinosa, the son of the Albuera mayor, who has been tagged as
his father’s partner in crime and his replacement when the mayor started
planning for his mayoral campaign at least two years ago.
The Albuera police said that the gunmen at the mayor’s house were using branded high-powered firearms.
The standoff between the Albuera police and the armed men at the Espinosas’ home continued, as of this posting.
Police estimated there were 50 to 100 armed men inside the residence, as of Wednesday morning.
On Tuesday, Mayor
Espinosa surrendered to the PNP and admitted he and his son, Kerwin,
have been manufacturing and trafficking shabu (methamphetamine
hydrochloride) from their base in Albuera town, Leyte.