No drug facility in Leyte prison, says chief

Jenette Ruedas, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 03 2016 09:55 PM | Updated as of Aug 04 2016 12:53 AM

Inmates (center) sift through debris inside the provincial jail in Abuyog, Leyte after the provincial jail was hit by fire in October 2015. File photo by Lito Bagunas, AFP

LEYTE - The head of Abuyog Penal Colony in Leyte denied allegations that one of its inmates is involved in illegal drug trade.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Ronald Dela Rosa said on Tuesday that suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa gets his supply of illegal drugs from a Chinese convict at the Abuyog Penal Colony.

The information came from Espinosa's father, Albuera (Leyte) Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., who surrendered to the police Tuesday.

Jail Superintendent Geraldo Aro, on Wednesday, denied the allegations, adding that there is no Chinese drug convict currently detained at the facility.

He, however, said that Peter Co, who was also identified as one of the younger Espinosa's drug sources, was detained in Abuyog from 2003 to 2007, before he was transferred to the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

Aro said he will take full responsibility if a drug laboratory is found inside the facility.

Authorities are still on the lookout for Kerwin, who is believed to be currently out of the country.