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Published: Mon, November 07, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Philippine mayor on Duterte's drug list killed in prison shootout

Philippine mayor on Duterte's drug list killed in prison shootout

Filipino police shot dead a mayor and another man in jail in an apparent gun battle as they were searching for weapons and drugs, .

Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. of Albuera town in central Leyte province and a fellow inmate were shot dead before dawn after they fired at officers who staged a raid in search of firearms and illegal drugs, police said.

Another mayor accused of drug trafficking was killed in the southern Philippines in late October.

Espinosa had publicly denied any part in the drug trade but said his son was peddling "shabu" (methamphetamine), which he gets from a jailed Chinese drug trader.

Espinosa, who was tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as a drug trafficker, earlier surrendered to PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa for fear of his life. Panfilo Lacson, a former national police chief, told the Associated Press.

Senator Richard Gordon's committee on human rights and justice joins the committee on public order and unsafe drugs in an earlier probe into extrajucial killings allegedly perpetrated by the Davao Death Squad on October 3, 2016.

Kerwin, allegedly among the biggest illegal drug operators in the Philippines' Eastern Visayas region, was arrested by Abu Dhabi police last month.

They said they found a.45 cal. pistol, and a total of 57 sachets of shabu and dried marijuana leaves and assorted drug paraphernalia inside Yap's cell. The police said they found about 24 pounds of methamphetamines on the property.

"We also know that si Kerwin, si Kerwin being the son of his father and having, I assume that he has information that is also vital for the government's investigation sa drug ring dito sa bansa natin, lalong-lalo na 'yung narco-politics", presidential communications secretary Martin Andanar said over government radio.

About a week ago, on October 28, another mayor, Dimaukom, was killed along with his nine men. "The raiding team fired back and this led to the mayor's death", chief inspector Leo Laraga of the regional police told AFP.

"We should talk and react based on reason, not based on emotion", Mangudadatu said, according to the newspaper.

There are four pending arrest warrants issued against him in Leyte, Philippines.

Duterte's unprecedented crackdown on his country's drug problems has so far raised concerns among Western countries and human rights groups. "I really thought that he would be safe if he would be detained at the (Leyte subprovincial jail) but unfortunately, he was killed,"? And it's a legitimate thing. Duterte defended his methods, saying his goal is "preserve the interest of the next generation". "That is a very correct statement".

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