Mayor shot dead in Philippines drug crack­down

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Philip­pine po­lice killed a town mayor in his jail cell in a pur­ported gun­bat­tle, the se­cond killing in a week of a politi­cian linked to il­le­gal drugs un­der Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s bru­tal crack­down. Rolando Espinosa Sr, the mayor of the town of Al­buera in the cen­tral prov­ince of Leyte, and a fel­low in­mate were shot dead be­fore dawn yes­ter­day, af­ter they fired at of­fi­cers who staged a raid in search of firearms and il­le­gal drugs in the pro­vin­cial jail in Leyte’s Baybay city, po­lice said. Some of­fi­cials and an anti-crime watch­dog have called for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the cir­cum­stances of the killings, won­der­ing how the mayor and the other in­mate got hold of guns. “Off­hand, I can smell ex­tra­ju­di­cial killing,” said Sen. Pan­filo Lac­son, a for­mer na­tional po­lice chief, adding that the sus­pi­cious deaths were the “big­gest chal­lenge” to the cred­i­bil­ity of the na­tional po­lice force, which is un­der­tak­ing the anti-drug crack­down. Last week, po­lice al­legedly killed an­other town mayor, Sam­sudin Di­maukom, and nine of his men in a gun­bat­tle in the south­ern Philippines. Espinosa and Di­maukom were among more than 160 of­fi­cials named pub­licly by Duterte in Au­gust as part of a shame cam­paign. Espinosa’s son, an al­leged drug lord, was ar­rested in Abu Dhabi last month.

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