Richard Gomez feels vindicated by Kerwin's testimony

Melanie Bingco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 25 2016 01:36 PM

Actor and Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez said he feels vindicated after alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa cleared him from allegations that he has links to the illegal drug trade.

Gomez said Espinosa's statement proves that he is not a protector of drug syndicates but a staunch advocate against illegal drugs.

“Sinabi ko talaga ‘yan dati, dito sa Ormoc, na 'pag nagkaron tayo ng problema sa droga, magbabarilan talaga tayo dito... It’s really a vindication na talagang from the start sinabi ko talaga na wala kaming kinalaman sa drug trade na ‘yan,” he said.

(I said earlier that there will be bloodbath if there is a drug problem in Ormoc. It really is a vindication as I have said from the start, I have nothing to do with the drug trade.)

Gomez said he believes Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido of Albuera, Leyte PNP is behind the accusations against him.

“He is really the mastermind of all these. Makikita mo naman lahat ng question sa Senate, hindi niya talaga madugtong-dugtong, hindi niya maitahi ang storya niya,” he said.

(He is the mastermind behind all these. He can't present a clear story in his Senate testimony.)

Gomez earlier filed cases against Espenido and two other cops, CIDG’s Chief Inspector Leo Laraga and Heidi Yutrago, after he was accused of being a drug protector.

During the hearing, Espinosa alleged Espenido is one of the cops who received drug money.