Philip­pine mayor shot dead in jail

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A PHILIP­PINE mayor Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte named as be­ing in­volved in the il­le­gal drug trade was shot dead in jail, po­lice said, the sec­ond lo­cal of­fi­cial im­pli­cated in nar­cotics to be killed in two weeks.

Mr Duterte, 71, has launched an un­prece­dented war on drugs that has left more than 4000 dead.

He had named sev­eral lo­cal of­fi­cials, po­lice and judges as be­ing in­volved in the nar­cotics trade and urged them to sur­ren­der.

In Au­gust, he ac­cused Rolando Espinosa, the mayor of Al­buera town in the cen­tral is­land of Leyte, and his son of drug traf­fick­ing and de­manded they turn them­selves in, giv­ing po­lice a “shoot on sight” or­der if the two re­sisted ar­rest.

Mayor Espinosa then sur­ren­dered to the na­tional po­lice chief, say­ing he feared for his life and was ar­rested last month.

But po­lice said Mr Espinosa was killed in his cell in the pro­vin­cial jail af­ter he shot at of­fi­cers dur­ing a search for il­le­gal firearms.

“He fired on the raid­ing team. The raid­ing team fired back and this led to the mayor’s death,” chief in­spec­tor Leo Laraga of the re­gional po­lice told AFP on Novem­ber 5.

The na­tional po­lice said it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Mr Espinosa’s death as well as pos­si­ble col­lu­sion be­tween guards and in­mates to get guns and drugs into the jail.

Po­lice chief Ronald dela Rosa pre­vi­ously said Mr Espinosa had been listed as a “drug pro­tec­tor”, whose son Ker­win con­trolled the nar­cotics trade in the Al­buera re­gion.

Mr Ker­win was ar­rested in the United Arab Emi­rates last month and is set to re­turn to the Philip­pines to face drug traf­fick­ing charges.

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

Po­lice said Sam­sudin Di­maukom and his se­cu­rity per­son­nel opened fire af­ter anti-nar­cotics po­lice stopped their ve­hi­cles at a check­point on sus­pi­cion they were trans­port­ing il­le­gal drugs. –

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