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DOJ witness Kerwin Espinosa washes hands in Albuera drug raid

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) A cop whom Kerwin said was in his pocket takes the witness stand, and says police found no evidence to link him to the raid

STATE PROTECTION. Kerwin Espinosa leaves the Manila RTC on August 10, 2018, tightly guarded by escorts from both the NBI and the DOJ Intelligence Service Operations Group (ISOG). Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Kerwin Espinosa's lawyer killed in ambush near Cebu City courthouse

Feb 19, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Gunmen spray bullets at the car of Jonah John Ungab, lawyer of the suspected drug lord

AMBUSH. The vehicle of Jonah John Ungab, lawyer of Kerwin Espinosa who was ambushed in Cebu, February 19 2018. Photo by Romeo Marantal

4 mayors, no projects in Albuera, Leyte in 2016 – COA

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:33 AM

Commission on Audit also flags Albuera s low spending on disaster risk reduction

Albuera, Ozamiz's Espenido gets new assignment: Iloilo

Aug 28, 2017 - 10:33 AM

UPDATED Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido is also awarded the Magalong Medal Order of Lapu Lapu

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Magalong Medal to Ozamiz City Police Director Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido during the National Heroes Day Commemoration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on August 28, 2017. Espenido was hailed for his successful anti-illegal drug operations in Ozamiz City. The President has then reassigned Espenido to Iloilo City. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Jul 30, 2017 - 11:38 AM

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With CIDG 12 post, Supt Marvin Marcos may qualify for promotion

Jul 26, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Will the cop linked to the killing of a detained mayor eventually be promoted to senior superintendent?

SENIOR OFFICER SOON? Marvin Marcos, currently the CIDG 12 head, attends a Senate hearing in December 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dela Rosa admits Supt Marcos reassignment 'not so normal'

Jul 26, 2017 - 12:20 PM

But the PNP chief tells senators that impunity will not happen under his watch amid concerns over Superintendent Marvin Marcos return to the police force

MARCOS AND IMPUNITY? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa talks to CIDG chief Roel Obusan during a December 2016 hearing into the killing of Rolando Espinosa. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

[Newspoint] The other Marcos phenomenon

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Why do Marvin Marcos and others in his infamous league get easy deals from the Duterte regime?

HRW: Reinstatement of Supt Marcos shows 'wider impunity' in PH drug war

Jul 14, 2017 - 12:18 PM

The New York based human rights group says President Rodrigo Duterte s order comes as no surprise given his previous pronouncements defending cops in the war on drugs

Dela Rosa defends Marcos reinstatement: 'Justice system working'

Jul 13, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Kung yung drug pusher or drug lord may kini claim sila na due process eh bakit hindi natin puwede ibigay doon sa pulis na dumaan sa due process? says the PNP chief

BACK TO BUSINESSMEN. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (left) and his men are ordered reinstated. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Put*ng i*a!': Lacson, senators slam reinstatement of Supt Marcos

Jul 13, 2017 - 2:53 PM

UPDATED Senator Lacson a former Philippine National Police chief sums up the reinstatement of Superintendent Marvin Marcos with the favorite expletive of the Chief Executive who had ordered it

EX-PNP CHIEF. Senator Panfilo Lacson joins other senators in criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte's order to reinstate Superintendent Marvin Marcos, who is implicated in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. File photo from Senate PRIB

Duterte orders reinstatement of cop in Espinosa slay, again

Jul 12, 2017 - 7:52 PM

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa says it would be a waste anyway not to let Superintendent Marvin Marcos work since he is getting paid

EMBATTLED COPS. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (2nd, L) with others tagged in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr at the preliminary investigation into the criminal complaint against them before the DOJ on December 20, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aguirre distances self from DOJ downgrade of charges in Espinosa slay

Jun 21, 2017 - 11:30 AM

UPDATED I was not the one who wrote it I was not the one who signed it says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II about the DOJ s latest resolution on charges in the killing of Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

NO HAND. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II denies hand in the writing of the DOJ resolution that downgraded to a bailable offense of homicide the charges against policemen in the killing of mayor Rolando Espinosa inside his jail cell in 2016. File photo by Rappler

DOJ eyes complaint vs Samar judge in Espinosa slay

Mar 20, 2017 - 6:32 PM

But the DOJ dismisses allegations that policemen planted evidence in jail

File photo of slain Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

Advice to Duterte: Don't micromanage PNP

Mar 13, 2017 - 5:14 PM

A Senate committee report on the killing of Albuera Mayor Espinosa Sr takes the President to task for intervening in the appointment of a cop linked to the murder

PNP AFFAIRS. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa (first row, 2nd from right) is flanked by kidnapping suspects during a press conference in Camp Crame on Monday, March 13. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ subpoenas cops in slay of Albuera mayor Espinosa

Dec 14, 2016 - 6:11 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will continue to believe the version of the Leyte cops unless there is a case filed and [they are] convicted

LEYTE COPS. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (right) and Chief Inspector Leo Laraga attend the the Senate inquiry into the death of Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr on November 23, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Dec 07, 2016 - 9:59 PM

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Duterte: I won't let cops in Espinosa slay go to jail

Dec 07, 2016 - 3:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives the assurance to Superintendent Marvin Marcos and his men a day after the National Bureau of Investigation recommended multiple murder charges against them

President Rodrigo Duterte declares that his 'war on drugs' will continue to gain momentum during a press briefing at NAIA Terminal 2 in Pasay City, prior to his departure to Japan for a state visit on??October 25, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

NBI: Mayor Espinosa's death a 'rubout'

Dec 06, 2016 - 5:09 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation recommends criminal charges against 24 members of the team involved in the raid on the jail cell of the late Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr as well as the team s informant

COPS UNDER FIRE. Senior Superintendent Marvin Marcos (middle) and Chief Inspector Leo Laraga attend the Senate inquiry into the death of Albuerra, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr on November 10, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supt Marcos was relieved, reinstated on same day – Dela Rosa

Dec 05, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Superintendent Marvin Marcos insists he had no powerful backers in Camp Crame but Senator Panfilo Lacson does not seem to buy that claim

PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa during press conference at Camp Crame on Monday. Photo by JOEL LIPORADA/RAPPLER

Lacson doubts Kerwin Espinosa's testimony: 'Many loose ends'

Nov 23, 2016 - 11:25 PM

If you look at it objectively the evidence as presented by Kerwin is really not solid Senator Panfilo Lacson says of Kerwin Espinosa s testimony

Kerwin Espinosa (R), son of the late mayor Rolando Espinosa, gestures as he answers the Senators' question during the Senate drug hearing at the Senate building in Manila on November 23, 2016.  Kerwin was arrested in the United Arab Emirates last month and will face drug trafficking charges. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Kerwin Espinosa: Albuera top cop introduced me to Ronnie Dayan

Nov 23, 2016 - 11:08 AM

3rd UPDATE Kerwin Espinosa testifies at the Senate inquiry into the death of his father Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

SENATE PROBE. Alleged drug lord takes his oath before testifying at the Senate inquiry into the death of his father, the late Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr on November 23, 2016. Photo from Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB  PHOTO: CESAR TOMAMBO/PRIB

Kerwin Espinosa's life in danger? 'Over our dead body' – Dela Rosa

Nov 21, 2016 - 11:23 AM

The PNP chief brushes off Senator Leila de Lima s warning to alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa

STAR WITNESS? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks to Kerwin Espinosa during a press conference in Camp Crame on November 18, 2016. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

De Lima to Kerwin Espinosa: Gov't will make sure you'll die

Nov 20, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Don t ever think that your cooperation will spare you your life Sooner or later this government is going to make sure you end up like your father Senator Leila de Lima tells the alleged drug lord

DRUG LORD? Alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa in Camp Crame. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SC probes judges in Espinosa case

Nov 14, 2016 - 2:27 PM

The court administrator is expected to release the results of the investigation 10 days after the order was issued on November 8

Lacson: Duterte can still change mind about Espinosa slay

Nov 13, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says neither the Senate nor the PNP will be swayed by the President s pronouncements

STILL NOT CONVINCED? Senator Panfilo Lacson says a complete briefing is all President Rodrigo Duterte needs to get a better understanding of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa's death. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte on Espinosa slay: I believe the police’s story

Nov 11, 2016 - 6:56 AM

UPDATED Why is he siding with the police in operations like this? President Duterte says: ‘Natural utos ko iyon eh The fight against drugs is mine it was not somebody else’s order ’

HIS WAR. President Rodrigo Duterte, a press conference upon his return from Malaysia on November 11, 2016, reiterates his guarantee to policemen that he will protect them when they encounter trouble in anti-drug operations.

Senate to invite Kerwin Espinosa to probe

Nov 10, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Liliwanag ang lahat ng ito pag dumating si Kerwin Espinosa kasi siya naman yung be all and end all Siya yung central figure sa usapang ito says Senator Panfilo Lacson

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs conducts a public inquiry on the death of Albuerra, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. on November 10, 2016.

Pacquiao to CIDG: Why serve Espinosa search warrant in prison?

Nov 10, 2016 - 2:02 PM

Kahina hinala Ngayon ko lang narinig yan na kukuha ng search warrant para sa nakakulong says Senator Manny Pacquiao

SEARCH WARRANT IN PRISON? Senator Manny Pacquiao questions police officials involved in the operation that killed Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr why they served a search warrant in prison. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Politicians, police, media: Who were named in Espinosa's affidavit?

Nov 08, 2016 - 8:10 PM

3RD UPDATE Rolando Espinosa Sr executes a detailed affidavit more than a month before he is slain inside a sub provincial jail

ESPINOSA'S PROMISE. This photo taken on August 2, 2016, shows Leyte Albuera Mayor Ronaldo Espinosa (L) talking to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa (R) at Camp Crame in Manila. AFP file photo

Leila de Lima, Duterte on climate pact, JV Ejercito | 6PM wRap

Nov 07, 2016 - 9:21 PM

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Robredo: Espinosa's death puts police integrity into question

Nov 07, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Given the peculiar context this killing raises a lot of questions on the official accounts of [the] CIDG says the Vice President

HONOR, INTEGRITY. Vice President Leni Robredo graces the flag raising ceremony and the 4th Anniversary of Center for Police Strategy Management at Camp Crame, Quezon City on August 22, 2016. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Senate to probe killings of mayors on Duterte drug list

Nov 07, 2016 - 6:36 PM

The committees on public order and on justice and human rights will investigate the deaths of Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr of Albuera Leyte and Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom of Datu Saudi Ampatuan Maguindanao

The Senate committe on human rights and justice joint with the committe on public order and dangerous drugs resumes its public inquiry on the extrajucial killings perpetrated by the Davao Death Squad on October 3, 2016.

De Lima denies role in Espinosa death: 'Absurd, pathetic'

Nov 07, 2016 - 12:45 PM

Nakakatawa na po sila They are so absurd to the point of being pathetic already says Senator Leila de Lima on the accusations thrown by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Dela Rosa: 'No cover-ups' in probe into Espinosa death

Nov 06, 2016 - 12:04 PM

Dela Rosa says the police will also be looking at the possibility that a so called blue book that contains the names of officials who supposedly aided and protected Kerwin’s illegal operation had something to do with the mayor’s death

CRAME SURRENDER. The late Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa speaks to PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa at Camp Crame. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Senators alarmed over killing of Albuera mayor Espinosa in jail

Nov 05, 2016 - 3:43 PM

UPDATED Senator Panfilo Lacson plans to discuss with Senator Richard Gordon the possibility of resuming the probe into extrajudicial killings and focusing on the mayor s death

MUGSHOT. Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr has his mugshot taken by PRO 8 police on October 5, 2016. Photo courtesy of Chief Inspector Maria Bella Rentuaya, PRO 8 spokesperson

Albuera Mayor Espinosa arrested

Oct 05, 2016 - 11:39 AM

Authorities are hopeful that alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa will surrender following the arrest of his father Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

MUGSHOT. Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr has his mugshot taken by PRO 8 police on October 5, 2016. Photo courtesy of ?Chief Inspector Maria Bella Rentuaya, PRO 8? spokesperson

Cebu provincial police chief sacked over alleged drug links

Sep 30, 2016 - 9:52 PM

Cebu Provincial Police Office CCPO Director Jose Macanas says however that the Espinosas implicated him in the drug trade because he arrested Kerwin Espinosa earlier this year

Police nab P24-M shabu from Kerwin Espinosa's 'bodyguard'

Sep 24, 2016 - 2:03 PM

Max Miro a self confessed bodyguard of alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa points to the stash after he voluntarily surrenders to authorities

SHABU HAUL. Police show their haul from the alleged right hand man of suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Provincial police deployed to Albuera amid threat of attacks

Sep 02, 2016 - 11:22 AM

There have been concerns about a possible attack on the Albuera police station where Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr has been living and holding office since he was placed under the protective custody of the police

CHECKPOINT. A police checkpoint in Albuera, Leyte. Random checkpoints have been set up around strategic parts of the town after Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr returned to his town. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Gunmen kill Leyte mayor's lawyer, high school student

Aug 23, 2016 - 6:29 PM

PNP Tacloban City Director Senior Superintendent Rolando Bade says the two are killed at around 2:20 pm in Barangay Lumbang 2 in Tacloban

ROGELIO BATO. Police inspect the bodies of the dead. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Duterte and US, shabu raid, Clinton vs Trump| 12PM wRap

Aug 11, 2016 - 12:07 PM

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Raid on Espinosa's house yields P88M worth of shabu

Aug 10, 2016 - 7:41 PM

At least 11 kilos of suspected methamphetamine were hidden in the kitchen cabinets of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr s house in Barangay Tinago Dos

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Albuera police chief to Mayor Espinosa: Resign

Aug 05, 2016 - 11:33 AM

Everybody knows that he s engaged in illegal drugs and leads a liquidation squad says Chief Inspector Juvy Espinido who denied Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr s claim that he had threatened him

MUNICIPAL POLICE. The Albuera Police Station in Albuera town, Leyte. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Dela Rosa: Kerwin Espinosa returning to PH, set to surrender

Aug 04, 2016 - 5:22 PM

The son of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr already sent surrender feelers says the PNP chief

epa05451678 Filipino Mayor of Albuera town in Leyte Rolando Espinosa (L), who is allegedly involved in the drug trade, reacts as Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa (R) gestures after Espinosa surrendered at Camp Crame, Quezon City, northeast of Manila, Philippines, 02 August 2016. Espinosa, who was subject to a 'shoot on sight' order if resisting arrest that was issued by President Rodrigo Duterte, surrendered ahead of a 24 hour deadline. The Mayor is suspected of drug trafficking and coddling of drug lords after almost 2 million Philippine pesos worth of methamphetamine, locally known as shabu, were recovered from the Mayor's body guards and companions during a police operation on 28 July 2016. His son, Kerwin is still at large and is believed to have had cosmetic surgery to disguise his identity, his father said. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

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Aug 03, 2016 - 7:46 PM

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Son of Albuera town mayor also wanted in Cebu

Aug 03, 2016 - 2:38 PM

Kerwin Espinosa is armed and dangerous and would not surrender peacefully says Yogi Filemon Ruiz Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 7 chief

WANTED. PDEA Region 7 chief Yogi Filemon Ruiz shows this screenshot of alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, who remains at large even after President Rodrigo Duterte demanded his surrender.

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Aug 03, 2016 - 12:15 PM

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PNP chief to Albuera mayor: It’s good you surrendered

Aug 03, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Kung hindi ito siya nag surrender at may armas papatayin ko talaga ito he says of Rolando Espinosa Sr who has reportedly admitted that son Kerwin is a drug lord

Eastern Visayas officials penalized for fake receipts, bid documents

Feb 15, 2016 - 3:38 PM

One is found selling fake attendance certificates at the Philippine Councilors League meeting 6 have authorized the purchase of a truck without bidding