Suspected drug lord Rolan "Kerwin" Espinosa has sent surrender feelers to the Philippine National Police through his father, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa, Philippine National Police chief Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa said Thursday.
The PNP chief said the surrender feelers came just a few days after the mayor confirmed that his son heads a narcotics network in Eastern Visayas.
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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- Central Visayas Regional Director Yogi Felimon Ruiz said the younger Espinosa also manufactured narcotics in Cebu City before transferring his illicit business in Leyte, where his father and namesake is mayor of Albuera town.
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Albuera police chief Jovie Espenido has also claimed the drug ring is a "family business" of the Espinosas and was common knowledge at the police Intelligence Division of Eastern Visayas, where he had previously served.
He said he also received reports that Espinosa and his alleged drug lord son, Kerwin, used hired thugs to intimidate residents and political rivals during the election period.
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On Monday President Rodrigo Duterte gave Espinosa and his son 24 hours to surrender after police arrested five of the mayor's bodyguards and employees in a drug sting operation.
"Otherwise, an order of 'shoot on sight' will be given if they resist and endanger the lives of arresting police officers," presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said on television.
The mayor surrendered to police on Tuesday. He told reporters that he is not a narco-politician, saying his relatives in the US helped him in the campaign.
He also told his son to surrender to authorities.
Leyte mayor, umiiyak na umapela sa anak