Philippine National Police Chief Superintendent Asher Dolina denied Monday knowing and receiving bribes from self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.
Dolina, a former police director for Eastern Visayas who was earlier tagged by Espinosa as one of his protectors, denied meeting and talking with Espinosa.
“Hindi kami nagkita o nagusap sa cellphone man o sa telepono,” Dolina said during the Senate inquiry on extrajudicial killings.
He added:“Hindi ako tumanggap ng payola or protection money in any form—cash or check—na galing sa drug lord na ito na si Kerwin Espinosa.”
Dolina also denied instructing his alleged bagman Victor Espina, brother of retired PNP Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, to receive money from Espinosa.
Espina allegedly received monthly payoffs from Espinosa worth P300,000.
Espinosa also claimed that apart from the monthly payoffs, he made three deposits for Espina: P3 million in February 2015, P2 million a week after, and another P1 million after a week.
The P3 million in the P6 million total of deposits, Espinosa said, was an "advance" of Dolina's payoffs; the P1.75-million was for the purchase of guns in Manila; and the P1.2-million was Espina's agent's fee.
“Hindi ko inutusan si Victor Espina na maging bagman ko at makipag negotiate kay Kerwin Espinosa,” Dolina said.
Last Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte cleared Dolina of links to the illegal drug trade saying the latter was “clean.”