- Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., who is linked to drugs, beat the 24 hours deadline by surrendering on Tuesday
- President Rodrigo Duterte has set 24 hours ultimatum to the mayor and his son to submit themselves or risk getting killed
- Espinosa is now under the custody of PNP Chief Bato Dela Rosa while the mayor's son is still at large
The mayor of Albuera, Leyte Rolando Espinosa Sr. has surrendered on Tuesday, August 2, after President Rodrigo “Digong” Roa Duterte set a 24-hour deadline.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella confirmed in a statement sent to the media.
"Mayor Espinosa has surrendered and is now under custody of Gen Dela Rosa," Abella said.
Espinosa, who is suspected of drug trafficking, turned himself in a day after Duterte issued a shoot on sight order if the former declines to surrender within 24 hours.
Surrender or die
The crime-busting executive provided two options for the Leyte mayor and his son Kerwin Espinosa who are involved with illegal drug activities.
On Monday, the iron-fisted president has called the attention of Espinosa to turn himself in to authorities or jeopardize their lives once the arresting officers catch them.
Abella released a statement noting the president’s order.
“President Rodrigo R. Duterte demanded the surrender of Mayor Ronaldo Espinosa Sr., of Albuera, Leyte and his son, Kerwin Espinosa, on the grounds of drug-trafficking and coddling, within 24 hours, otherwise an order of “shoot on sight” will be given if they resist and endanger the lives of arresting police officers,” the statement read.
Police accumulated “shabu” amounting to P1.9 million during a buy-bust operation in a tennis court near Espinosa’s home on Thursday, July 28, where his men also got captured.
Three employees and two bodyguards of the mayor were caught, while four staff got away by running into Kerwin Espinosa’s home and managing to lock the doorway.
Meanwhile, the mayor’s son is still at large. – Kami Media
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