Senate continues probe into Espinosa's death after murder allegations

Senate continues probe into Espinosa's death after murder allegations

- The death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. has rendered his affidavit useless, as it has not yet gone through cross-examination, making his untimely death questionable

- Other than the details of Espinosa's affidavit, the CIDG operatives involved in the operation that 'killed' the mayor are being questioned regarding the details of the operation

- Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) also released photos that seem to tell an entirely different death story for Espinosa

Authorities involved in the death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. stand pat on their claim that it was the mayor who fired the first shot which resulted in a shootout at the sub-provincial jail in Baybay, Leyte before dawn on November 5, claims that it had been a rubout linger.

The Senate probe on the eventual death of the mayor inside his prison cell continues but the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) just released photos acquired from a police insider.

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Photo credit: Philippine Star

As the operatives from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 8 continue to exlain their side, the photos of a very dead Espinosa seems to tell a story of their own.

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The photos, allegedly taken immediately after the shooting incident and "before the arrival of scene of the crime operatives (SOCO)" show a dead Espinosa near a pink table with the slippers near the upper left side of his body.

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Insider shots by PCIJ before SOCO arrived Photo credit: ABS-CBN

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Insider shots of Espinosa's dead body by PCIJ before SOCO arrived Photo credit: ABS-CBN

In the official photo released by CIDG 8, Espinosa's body appears differently - right knee jerked slightly up with a 0.38 caliber revolver on the right hand, an upturned chair by the shoulder, and an upright chair and a single slipper near the corpse's feet.

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CIDG's official photo of Espinosa's body Photo credit: ABS-CBN

Director Dante Gierran of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) had said that the crime scene has let out that the compromised state of the crime scene could affect the result of their parallel investigation.

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The police report details the autopsy of Espinosa, which described four gunshot wounds, including one in the head.

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Photo credit: ABS-CBN

A photo of the police blotter also showed an amendment to include the name of Police Chief Inspector Leo Laraga as CIDG 8's head of raiding team.

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Police blotter Photo credit: ABS-CBN

Reports had revealed that there had been no light inside Espinosa’s cell and the CIDG 8 team had to use flashlight from their mobile phones to illuminate the area.

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The report also said that the jail guards’ deployment blue book records show that the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera was broken and not taken by the CIDG operatives.

Former police chief and Senator Panfilo Lacson had described the operation as 'premeditated' after noting from the record book by PO2 Jennifer Monge of the Regional Tactical Operations Center that Supt. Santi Noel Matira of CIDG called for SOCO at 3:49 a.m., minutes before the forced entry to Espinosa's cell at 4:30 a.m.

"Hindi pa kayo nakakapasok, nagrerequest na kayo ng SOCO? Inaanticipate niyo ba na may papatayin kayo? Para kayong tumatawag ng punerarya, wala pang enkwentro," Lacson said.

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He also urged Philippine National Police Deputy Chief for Operations Director Benjamin Magalong to seize Matira’s phone for forensic investigation of his call logs.

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