- PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa urged Kerwin Espinosa to surrender last month
- Despite several warnings from Bato, Kerwin resists to yield himself to the authorities
- Bato called the attention of the Police Regional Office 8 to hold the responsibility in capturing Kerwin
“Kapag hindi ka su-surrender, mapapatay ka talaga. Mapapatay ka talaga kung hindi ka susurrender” — the Philippine National Police chief Dir. Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said to Kerwin Espinosa last month as per a an Inquirer story.
Despite several warnings from Bato, Kerwin resists to yield himself to the authorities.
Since Duterte assumed his presidency, Kerwin had already been hiding and it was reported that he flew to Malaysia after undergoing a plastic surgery.
In his speech in Palo, Leyte on Tuesday, Bato called the attention of the Police Regional Office 8 to hold the responsibility in capturing Kerwin; the number 1 drug lord in Eastern Visayas. Even though Kerwin had changed his identity through plastic surgery, Bato believes that through their diligence, along with the entire nation, they would be able to locate him as soon as possible.
Earlier in August, Albuera Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. had surrendered after he was threatened by the strong remarks of Bato and after President Duterte himself declared “shoot on sight” if he resist.
The mayor had been identified as one of the drug protectors of illegal drug trading in Leyte. Along with his family, Espinosa Sr. is presently under Bato’s supervision.
During a press conference, Espinosa Sr. acknowledged to the public that his son Kerwin is also involved in the illegal drug trade and that he was being supplied with drugs by Peter Co; a drug lord who is currently detained at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. However, he disclosed that he does not have any clue where his son could be found since the day Duterte won his presidency.
“No matter how many times he undergoes facial surgery, I know that your relentless pursuit would help you locate him,” Gen. Bato told the cops; challenging them to take an immediate action in this case.