Leyte mayor on leave as 5 in his staff caught with P1.9M shabu

* 4 other suspects escape, seek refuge in mayor's compound

By: Robert Dejon
Inquirer Visayas

ALBUERA, Leyte — Two bodyguards of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa and his three employees were arrested during a buy-bust operation on Thursday afternoon where at least P1.9 million worth of shabu were recovered.

Four other suspects managed to escape after they went inside the house of Kerwin Espinosa, the mayor’s son, and locked the gate, the police said.

The house of Kerwin is located inside a gated compound where his father also lives.

Chief Insp. Jove Espinido, Albuera police chief, said they had no authority to barge into the compound after the gate was locked.
“We want a fair fight. We don’t want martial law,” he added. He did not say what his next legal move would be to compel the Espinosas to surrender the suspects.


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