MANILA - Suspected drug kingpin Kerwin Espinosa has arrived at the Senate to testify at an inquiry into the death of his father, Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.
A convoy of police vehicles fetched the younger Espinosa on Wednesday morning from Camp Crame in Quezon City, where he had been detained since his repatriation from the United Arab Emirates last week.
Surrounded by policemen and clad in a bulletproof vest, Espinosa arrived at the Senate at around 6:50 a.m.
Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, who is leading the investigation as chairman of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, earlier said he has 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.
A 27-page affidavit was signed by Espinosa before Tuesday midnight, according to Rico Rigor, the chief of Legal and Investigation Division of the police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group.
Espinosa's lawyers, Laila Villarino and John Ungab were seen leaving the CIDG office at about 1 a.m. but they declined interviews.
Rigor said some of the alleged drug protectors named in Espinosa's affidavit were also identified in the statement of his slain father.
The alleged drug lord is set to file an application to the Witness Protection Program before the Department of Justice on Wednesday. -- With reports from April Rafales, ABS-CBN News; Alex Calda and Ron Lopez, DZMM