Authorities seek freeze order on Espinosas' properties, accounts

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 15 2016 06:49 PM

Albuera PNP seeks to freeze the bank accounts and properties of Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., and son Kerwin. Photo by Ranulfo Docdocan, ABS-CBN News

Albuera cops are seeking to freeze the properties and bank accounts of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., and son Kerwin.

Authorities filed a freeze order request at the Provincial Prosecutor's Office of Albuera on Monday afternoon. 

President Rodrigo Duterte included the mayor's name in a list of politicians allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. The elder Espinosa surrendered to the authorities, while his son is still in hiding and has yet to respond to police calls to surrender. 

Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) claim the Espinosa father and son were involved in illegal drug trade and illegal possession of firearms.

The CIDG already filed criminal complaints against the two at the Albuera Prosecutor’s Office in Leyte.

A house in front of the Albuera municipal hall owned by Kerwin Espinosa. Photo by Ranulfo Docdocan, ABS-CBN News

Meanwhile, C/Insp. Jovie Espenido, chief of Albuera PNP confirmed that the house right in front of the Albuera municipal hall is owned by Kerwin.

RECOGNITION SOUGHT FOR POLICEMEN

Albuera's Sangguniang Bayan has filed a resolution to recognize Albuera PNP. Photo by Ranulfo Docdocan, ABS-CBN News

Meanwhile, the municipal council of Albuera has filed a resolution to recognize Albuera PNP, led by Espenido in its campaign against illegal drugs that led to the recovery of P88-million and P1.9-million worth of shabu in separate operations and several firearms from Espinosa's hitman group.

Authorities are roving barangays starting Monday to enforce its campaign against drugs and crime.

--with report from Ranulfo Docdocan, ABS-CBN News and Henry Atuelan, DZMM