Kerwin says Albuera mayor innocent, affidavit unreliable

Kimberly Jane Tan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 23 2016 01:50 PM

Alleged crime kingpin Kerwin Espinosa on Wednesday said his father, slain Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., was not involved in the drug trade and could not have supplied information about narcotics.

"Una sa lahat, ang aking ama ay wala sa posisyon para makapagsabi kung sino ang mga naging involved sa drug trade ko at sa mga transaksyon ko at any kind of illegal transactions," Espinosa said during Wednesday's Senate inquiry.

[First of all, my father is in no position to say who was involved in the drug trade, my transactions or in any kind of illegal transaction.]

"Pangalawa, ang papa ko ay walang kinalaman, inosente siya. Ako ang may alam sa lahat dahil dito sa sinalaysay ko," he added.

[Second, my father had nothing to do with this, he is innocent. I am the one who knows everything based on my affidavit.]

Two days before he was killed on Nov. 5, Mayor Espinosa reportedly executed an affidavit linking several personalities to the narcotics trade.

Kerwin, however, said the signature on the affidavit was not his father's.

"Itong pirmang isang ito hindi ito pirma ng papa ko," he said.

[This one signature is not my father's.]

During the inquiry, it was also revealed that Mayor Espinosa was not accompanied by a lawyer from the Public Attorney's Office when he executed the document, although he was with by a private lawyer and a prosecutor.

Asked why his father would be tagged in the issue, Espinosa said Albuera Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido has a grudge against him stemming from their previous work for rival political families in Leyte.

"Hanggang ngayon nagtatanim siya ng galit sa akin at sa pamilya ko kaya ginagawa niya itong mga di niya dapat gawin dahil isa siyang pulis... inaapakan niya kami, konokontrol niya kami," he said.

[Until now, he is still holding a grudge against me and my family that's why he is doing these things that a policeman should not be doing. He is stepping on us, he is controlling us.