MANILA - Kerwin Espinosa, self-confessed drug lord of Eastern Visayas, denied that he kept "pink and blue books" that allegedly contained the names of officials who coddled his illicit dealings.
"Sa sarili ko, ako talaga ang makapagsalita nito: wala akong blue book, wala akong blue book. Inuulit ko, wala akong blue book," Espinosa stressed at a Senate hearing.
(I am the one who can confirm this: I don't have a blue book, I don't have a blue book. I repeat, I don't have a blue book. )
Rico Rigor, the chief of Legal and Investigation Division of the police Anti-illegal Drugs Group (AIDG), then asked Espinosa "Bakit wala kang blue book, 'di mo ba kailangan ng blue book?" (Why don't you have a blue book, don't you need it?)
Espinosa replied that he had no need for a list since he had only a handful of drug protectors from the police.
"Iilan lang doon sa Region 8 ang protektor ng droga. Ilan lamang ang pangalan na paikot-ikot lang sa mga halimbawa,"
(There are only a few drug protectors in Region 8. These names are just reshuffled in their offices.)
A former police regional director, whom Espinosa only identified as "General Dolina", was allegedly the highest on his drug pay roll.
"Nakapagbigay din ako sa kanya (Dolina) ng 'SOP', early 2015 ako nakapagbigay sa kanya," Espinosa said.
The drug trafficker added that he started giving grease money to police officials in 2011. He said he was only handling 10 kilos of shabu per 40-day cycle then, earning P500,000 to P600,000 for every kilo of narcotics.
A lawyer earlier alleged that Espinosa's alleged pink and blue books were fabricated by Albuera police chief Jovie Espinido in order to include the names of innocent people.