'Fight for Justice': Supporters gather for Mayor Espinosa's burial

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 04 2016 11:33 AM

ALBUERA, Leyte - The relatives and supporters of slain Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. gathered at his house in this town on Sunday morning, hours ahead of his burial.

Espinosa's family wore white shirts with the statements "We love you, Daddy Onik" on the front and "Fight for Justice" at the back.

His supporters, meanwhile, were clad in blue shirts bearing his name.

A public viewing of the mayor's remains will be held before his funeral Mass and burial on Sunday afternoon.

Espinosa had executed an affidavit linking over 200 individuals to the narcotics trade. On November 5, he was killed during a police operation inside the Baybay City Jail in Leyte.

Espinosa's son, suspected drug trader Kerwin Espinosa, claimed that the signature on the affidavit was not his father's.

Asked why his father would be tagged in the issue, the younger Espinosa said Albuera Police Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido, who convinced the mayor to submit the affidavit, bore a grudge against him, stemming from their previous work for rival political families in Leyte.

Espenido is also involved in the drug trade, Kerwin said.

But Espenido on Saturday showed to ABS-CBN News photos and videos supposedly proving the the mayor's signature on the affidavit was not forged.

He added that he was prepared to face a Senate inquiry on Espinosa's killing when it resumes on Monday.

-- Report from Melanie Bingco, ABS-CBN News