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Aug 23, 2016
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The legal counsel of high-profile drug suspects Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando, Espinosa Sr. and his son Kerwin was killed in an ambush in Tacloban City on Tuesday afternoon.

The victim was identified as Attorney Rogelio Bato, who was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds inside his Toyota Hilux around 2 p.m., GMA News reported.

A 15-year-old girl wearing a uniform of Sagkahan National High School was also found dead beside Bato in the passenger's seat. Her identity and relation to the lawyer have yet to be determined.

Last month, President Rodrigo Duterte tagged the Espinosas in the illegal drug trade, which resulted in the elder Espinosa to surrender to authorities.

Ronaldo denied the accusations but admitted that Kerwin was involved in drug activities.

His son remains at large and is believed to be abroad, while Ronaldo has already reassumed his duties as town mayor last week.

 

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