FIRST LOOK: Kerwin Espinosa in Abu Dhabi jail

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 16 2016 08:07 PM | Updated as of Nov 16 2016 11:44 PM

Suspected Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa is now preparing to leave Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for Manila, Philippines.

An exclusive photo taken by ABS-CBN News’ Maan Macapagal shows Espinosa with whistleblower and President Rodrigo Duterte’s supporter, Sandra Cam, at the Al Wathba jail.

The younger Espinosa was arrested last month with the help of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who tipped authorities of his whereabouts.

The Philippine National Police said securing Espinosa is a top priority, and the Department of Justice led by Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the government is open to putting the suspected drug lord under its Witness Protection Program.

The government said it expects Kerwin to expose everything he knows about the drug trade in Eastern Visayas, particularly the government officials who protected drug syndicates.