EDITORIAL| You can run but you can never hide

IN THE DUTERTE administration’s all-out war against drugs, one of the most controversial incidents that stood out last year was the case of the Espinosa’s in Leyte. Like the Parojinog’s of Ozamis, this family ruled their own turf, without fear of the law or repercussions from whatever illegal acts they were doing.

Barely six weeks after he took oath, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, on August 1, 2016, already warned then Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. (who was later killed in jail in a reported shootout) and his son Kerwin to surrender or face possible death if they attempt to resist arresting officers.

Previous to this, police officers already conducted a buy-bust operation and seized P1.9 million worth of shabu and arrested three of Espinosa’s employers. On October 4 last year, the Albuera mayor was arrested by police in connection with violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, after a raid on his house that yielded 11 kilos of suspected shabu estimated at P88 million, and high-powered weapons. A month later, the mayor was killed in a shootout with the CIDG inside the jail with another inmate.

Kerwin was arrested in Abu Dhabi on October 17 and as soon as he arrived in Manila, promised to tell all and went into the Witness Protection Program of the Department of Justice.

Many more arrests and deaths of big drug lords happened, the latest of which was in Ozamis City with the Parojinog’s. It was then a great surprise for Espinosa’s name to surface again, this time, here in our city.

His brother-in-law Jake Bolanio dela Cruz, was shot dead yesterday in a shootout with the combined forces of police, including police coming from Region XIII, where he came from. This reminds us of the adage “you can run but you cannot hide.”

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