PNP chief threatens to evict mayor from 'White House'

Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 05 2016 02:00 PM

There is still no word yet on the surrender of suspected drug operator Kerwin Espinosa.

This, even after his own father, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., went on national TV Wednesday and urged his son to surrender.

Leyte mayor, umiiyak na umapela sa anak

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa announced earlier that the shoot-on-sight order given by President Rodrigo Duterte against Kerwin is still in effect.

Until now, there are still no charges filed or a warrant of arrest in place for Kerwin in connection with the allegations that he is one of the top drug operators in Eastern Visayas.

The PNP Intelligence Group earlier said Kerwin left the Philippines for Malaysia last June.

In an affidavit filed at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group office, Espinosa said he has not seen or heard from his son since before the May elections. He said Kerwin reached out to him and offered to help out in his father's mayoral re-election bid.

Yesterday, the PNP said Kerwin sent surrender feels through his relatives even requesting that Dela Rosa himself should be the one to pick up him from the airport.

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On Friday, Dela Rosa said he is starting to lose patience with Kerwin.

He said that if Kerwin does not turn himself in by tonight, he will evict Mayor Espinosa and other family members from the PNP White House.

Mayor Espinosa has been staying in the official residence of the PNP chief in the last few days for protection. Espinosa claims that he has received death threats.

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Dela Rosa, however, said he too is losing patience with the Mayor, even complaining that the White House smells of cigarettes because of Espinosa.