Kerwin to face probe on dad's slay Wednesday


Posted at Nov 21 2016 06:41 PM

MANILA - Suspected drug kingpin Kerwin Espinosa is set to appear Wednesday before a Senate inquiry investigating the death of his father, Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. 

Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, who is leading the investigation as chairman of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, said the investigation will resume at Camp Crame where the younger Espinosa is currently detained. 

Lacson said he received a copy of the alleged crime lord's judicial affidavit naming his coddlers, mostly from the police. Also tagged as drug protectors were several national officials whom the senator refused to identify. 

"Wednesday malapit na. 'Di ko nabasa lahat pa," he said. 

Lacson said the hearing might be open to media but will leave it to authorities to make the decision on media access. 

The lawmaker also said he hopes that Espinosa would be kept safe. 

The Espinosa patriarch was killed earlier this month after allegedly fighting policemen conducting a pre-dawn search of his jail cell in Leyte province last November 5. 

Before this, the mayor also executed an affidavit naming officials in his son's payola. But his sibling claimed the statement was ready-made while his lawyer also admitted that she was not present when police took the affidavit. 

Witnesses at a previous hearing have raised the possibility that the mayor was killed in a rubout, contrary to police story of a "gun battle." 

-- With reports from Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News; Zandro Ochona and Henry Atuelan, DZMM