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Sinadya talaga: Sen. Aquino thinks Mayor Espinosa was killed for knowing too much

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Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV believes Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa was intentionally killed because of his knowledge of the drug trade in Visayas and the personalities involved in it.

Aquino said he was convinced that Espinosa’s death was a rubout based on the conflicting evidence presented by the Philippine National Police Eastern Visayas Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 8 during the Senate public order committee’s probe on the incident Thursday (Nov. 10).

“At the minimum, there were serious irregularities and at the maximum, it was a rubout of an alleged drug lord who knew too much,” the senator said.

During the hearing, RIAS said Espinosa’s fellow inmate at the Leyte Subprovincial jail in Baybay City has claimed that a policeman planted the gun recovered from the mayor’s jail cell.

CIDG operatives earlier claimed Espinosa was killed in a shootout with them last Nov. 5 when they came to serve a search warrant on him.

The police officials claimed it was the mayor who shot first.

Aquino warned that the questions surrounding Espinosa’s death has put at risk the people’s confidence in the PNP and the rule of law, with criminal elements possibly taking advantage of these unsolved killings to perpetuate their activities.

“We call on the PNP and related authorities to clean their ranks and hold culprits liable. Thoroughly investigate and solve these murders and extrajudicial killings at the soonest possible time,” he said.