'Drug lord' son of Espinosa operated in Cebu, too - PDEA

Angelica Saniel, ABS-CBN News - DYAB Cebu

Posted at Aug 04 2016 11:25 AM

MANILA - Rolando "Kerwin" Espinosa Jr., an alleged drug lord in Leyte province, also operated in Cebu City, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency confirmed Thursday.

PDEA- Central Visayas Regional Director Yogi Felimon Ruiz said Espinosa had manufactured narcotics in Cebu City before transferring his illicit business in Leyte, where his father and namesake is mayor of Albuera town.

Ruiz said Espinosa is included in the top ten priority targets of PDEA-Central Visayas.

Albuera Mayor Ronald Espinosa, Sr. has surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) earlier this week and later admitted that his son heads a narcotics network in Eastern Visayas.

Kerwin, also known as "Boss K" in the underground trade, remains at-large. He reportedly left the country last June 21, after undergoing plastic surgery.


PDEA's Ruiz warned Espinosa not to step foot in Cebu.

"Panawagan nako niya, ayaw lang og pakita nako, unhanay lang mi," he said. (I ask him not to appear before me. If he does, we'll just see who's faster.)

Ruiz said authorities are ready to use lethal force against Espinosa if he resists arrest.

He also showed ABS-CBN News a photo of Espinosa taken before his alleged facial enhancement procedure.

Ruiz said he is confident that PDEA-Central Visayas operatives can recognize Espinosa even after undergoing cosmetic surgery.

PDEA-Central Visayas has also submitted a list of Espinosa's supposed properties to the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).

Ruiz, however, refused to give information on the properties in order to safeguard their ongoing investigation.


Ruiz also said Espinosa is as powerful and and influential as the Jeffrey "Jaguar" Diaz, an alleged drug bigwig in Cebu.

Albuera police chief Insp. Jovie Espenido also confirmed Thursday that Boss K had often exchanged hired thugs with Diaz.

"Magkuha lang iyun (Kerwin) ng for hired from Cebu, from Bohol, kuhanin nun pati pera. Pagkatapos iyung tauhan niya rito, kuhanin ni Jaguar, magtrabaho doon sa Bohol, sa Osamis," he said.

Diaz was killed in a shootout in his safehouse in Las Piñas last June.

Espinosa, meanwhile, was arrested in Cebu in 2010 and again in Ormoc, Leyte for homicide in 2016.