Kerwin names gov't officials, police officers in affidavit

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Posted at Nov 19 2016 10:21 AM | Updated as of Nov 19 2016 01:41 PM

MANILA – Alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa has been invited to attend the Senate inquiry into the killing of his father, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., one of his lawyers said on Saturday.

“Si Kerwin inimbitahan na ng Senate inquiry on November 23. Doon malalaman natin kung anong sasabihin nya,” Atty. Leilani Villarino told DZMM.

Kerwin, Villarino said, executed his affidavit on Friday. It contained his narration of how he started out his drug trade operation up to the time he fled the country.

“Baka today matatapos po yan kasi ang haba,” she said. “Tapos, this afternoon, yun naman yung validation doon sa dalawang affidavit na in-execute ng daddy niya. Kahapon, mayroon kaming initial na tinitingnan na affidavit. May mga sinasabi nga na yung iba doon walang kinalaman o di kasali.”

Villarino said they were with Kerwin and that the entire process was well-documented.

“Naka video po yung pag take ng affidavit. May audio recording din para transparent talaga yung pagkuha ng affidavit,” she said.

The video, she said, will prove that Kerwin was not coerced or pressured into giving his affidavit.

“Hindi siya under duress nung kinuha affidavit niya kaya maganda yung idea nung AIDG [Anti-Illegal Drugs Group] na naka video lahat yun,” she said.

She also confirmed that elected government and police officials are among the personalities named by Kerwin in his affidavit.

“Kahapon ni-narrate niya nalalaman niya, lahat ng personalities he had a transaction with nung time na nago-operate siya,” she said.

Kerwin arrived in the Manila early Friday. Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa led the team that fetched Espinosa at NAIA.

“Kerwin is willing to execute the affidavit with or without the Witness Protection Program. We believe na kaya naman siyang ma-protektahan,” she said. “Kung ma-qualify siya sa WPP, mas magaling po.”