- Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa returned to work two weeks after he surrendered to police authorities over allegations that he was involved in the illegal drug trade
- The Napolcom stripped Espinosa of his authority over the local police
- Last week, the police allegedly found 11 kilos of shabu in Espinosa’s house during a police operation
Mayor Rolando Espinosa of Albuera, Leyte went back to his town to report for work two weeks after he surrendered to police authorities after President Rodrigo Duterte accused him and his son Kerwin as being involved in illegal drug trade.
GMA News Online said Espinosa was accompanied by his family when he went to the Albuera Municipal Hall. Supporters welcomed him.
“I now believe that the people of Albuera love me because they know me personally. I won because of their mandate,” Espinosa said, wiping away his tears, shortly after arriving at the municipal hall.
“Because of the danger to my life, I have decided to stay in the municipal hall for my safety. It doesn’t help also that I no longer have police escorts,” Espinosa added.
Last week, the National Police Commission stripped Mayor Espinosa of his authority over the local police after 11 kilos of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride), with an estimated street value of P88 million, and bomb-making materials were found in one of his properties during a police operation.
Espinosa denied he owned the illegal substance found in his house and claimed that the raiding team, led by Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, planted them. C/Inspector Espenido belied the mayor’s claim.