Espinosa brings along daughters in meet with police chief


Posted at Aug 23 2016 03:36 PM | Updated as of Aug 23 2016 05:42 PM

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Mayor Rolando Espinosa and his daughters outside the Albuera Police Station where they met with Chief of Police, Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido, in a closed-door meeting. Photo by Melanie Bingco, ABS-CBN News

ALBUERA, LEYTE - Mayor Rolando Espinosa had a closed-door meeting again with Albuera police chief, Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido, on Tuesday morning. 

Espinosa, who was accompanied by his daughters, exited the police station at around 12:35 p.m., but refused to give any statement to the media.

The meeting was shorter than their meeting on Monday morning.

Espenido on Monday clarified that Espinosa was not arrested but came to his office for a meeting.

That was their first meeting since Espenido assumed the chief of police post last July.

Speaking to reporters briefly after their Monday meeting, Espenido said he does not believe the mayor's earlier statement that he does not have communication with his son Kerwin.

He said the mayor is now willing to cooperate with him for his son's surrender. The mayor told Espenido that he will convince his son to surrender once he calls him.

Espenido explained that he wants Kerwin alive so the police can have his cooperation on exposing the names of politicians and military and police officials who are said to be in the drug payola.

The Department of Interior and Local Government also announced on Monday that after an update from Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa, they found out that there is no warrant of arrest issued against Espinosa yet, but they are now anticipating one.

"The [PNP] CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) has already filed cases of illegal possession and possession of 11 kilos of shabu. We are just waiting for the warrant of arrest to come out, to arrest him immediately," reported DILG Secretary Ismael "Mike" Sueno. -- with reports from Melanie Bingco, ABS-CBN News