Slain mayor executed affidavit without informing lawyer

Kat Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 08 2016 10:16 AM | Updated as of Nov 08 2016 10:25 AM

Former Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. File Photo

The late Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. executed his 'affidavit' without consulting or informing his lawyer Atty. Lailani Villarino, Espinosa's camp said Tuesday.

"Nalaman ko na lang po na meron siyang in-execute na affidavit after siya nag sworn in doon sa prosecutor's office," Villarino said in an interview on DZMM.

(I just learned that he executed an affidavit after he was sworn in at the prosecutor's office.)

Espinosa's brother, Ramon, earlier said that the late mayor once told him that the affidavit was ready-made and he only had to affix his signature.

But Albuera police chief C/Insp. Jovie Espenido said the former mayor voluntarily turned himself in at the local police station and gave his sworn statement even before an arrest warrant was issued against him.

Espenido said the mayor was initially under protective custody because he volunteered to share information about the illegal drug trade.

Despite Espinosa's death, his signed affidavit, regardless if it was prepared by someone else, will still stand in court, Villarino said.

"Pwede pa rin magamit yung affidavit ni Mayor Espinosa. Meron pang ibang affidavit ng ibang witness na nagco-corroborate sa affidavit ni Mayor Espinosa," she said.

(Mayor Espinosa's affidavit can still be used because there are other affidavits from other witnesses that corroborates with his sworn statement.)

Espinosa was killed in his own jail cell in Baybay Provincial Jail in Leyte after he allegedly shot at police who were supposed to serve a search warrant.