President Duterte called on Mayor Rolando “Onick” Espinosa, of Albuera, Leyte and his son, Kerwin Espinosa, to peacefully surrender to lawmen or face the full wrath of the law.
“Today, President Rodrigo R. Duterte demanded the surrender of Mayor Ronaldo Espinosa Sr., of Albuera, Leyte and his son, Kerwin Espinosa, on the grounds of drug-trafficking and coddling, within 24 hours,” Duterte said speaking thru Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella.
“…otherwise an order of “shoot on sight” will be given if they resist and endanger the lives of arresting police officers,” the President added.
Espinosa’s staff were earlier arrested during a buy-bust operation where officers seized P1.9 million worth of shabu.
While two of the mayor’s bodyguards and three employees were arrested, four managed to escape by sprinting into the house of Kerwin Espinosa and locking the gate. The mayor was said to have gone on leave.
Duterte issue the statement as he presided a cabinet meeting at the Palace. The President has waged an all-out war against illegal drugs.