Kerwin Espinosa faces new complaint over Cebu prison drug ring

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 27 2020 01:42 PM

MANILA – The National Bureau of Investigation filed Wednesday additional drug charges with the Department of Justice against Kerwin Espinosa and 6 others over alleged drug trading in Cebu City from 2008 to 2011.

Agents from the NBI Task Force Against Illegal Drugs accused Espinosa of operating a large-scale shabu trade in Cebu City while detained at the Bagong Buhay Rehabilitation Center (BBRC), on the basis of his sworn statements and testimony before the Senate in 2016.

Espinosa allegedly used a cellphone inside the jail and resorted to electronic money transfer and bank transactions through the help of Melvin Gerpacio who allegedly distributed the illegal drugs and collected payments for him. 

The NBI cited Espinosa's own admission that he met Cebu’s alleged top druglord Jeffrey Diaz alias Jaguar at the BBRC, from whom he supposedly learned how to operate the drug operations.
Jaguar was killed in a police operation in Las Piñas in June 2016.

Espinosa tagged Jaguar as his supplier, along with Lovely Impal alias Lovely Rasuman, who was arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Iligan City in January 2017.

Espinosa claimed Jaguar said their boss was Peter Lim, whom he described as the “no. 1 drug supplier” in Cebu.

Lim became controversial when he met with President Rodrigo Duterte, his kumpadre (co-sponsor in a wedding) to deny his involvement in the illegal drug trade. He was charged with several drug cases but remains at large.

Lim, Impal, Gerpacio are included in the complaint for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

The others included in the complaint were Wu Tuan Yuan alias Peter Co, Ryan Diaz and Reynaldo Diaz alias Jumbo.

Espinosa is currently under the custody of the NBI, Co is detained in the New Bilibid Prison, Impal is in Iligan City Jail, Gerpacio is in the Cavite Provincial Jail in Trece Martires, Cavite while Reynaldo Diaz is with the DOJ Witness Protection Program.

Lim and Ryan Diaz are still at large.

Reynaldo Diaz, Jaguar’s right-hand man, said that he communicated with Espinosa through cellphone and that Jaguar sourced his illegal drugs from Co and Impal.

Another witness, Marcelo Adorco who used to work for Espinosa, confirmed in his sworn statement that Lim, Impal and Co were Espinosa’s suppliers.