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Leyte’s ‘Narco Mayor’ Surrenders After Duterte Issues ‘Shoot On Sight’ Ultimatum

Rolando Espinosa Sr. is the mayor of the town of Albuera in Leyte
by Pauline Denisse Rivera | Aug 2, 2016
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A Leyte mayor suspected of dealing in illegal drugs has surrendered to authorities after President Rodrigo Duterte issued a fatal ultimatum against him and his son.

On Tuesday, Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Albuera town mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. gave himself up well within the 24-hour deadline set by the President.

However, his son, Kerwin Espinosa still remains at large, ABS-CBN reported.

The elder Espinosa is currently under the custody of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa

Duterte demanded the Espinosas' surrender within 24 hours on Monday and stated that failing to do so would lead in a shoot on sight order for arresting police officers, if they resist.

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According to the Inquirer, the President’s ultimatum came after five of Espinosa’s employees, including two of his bodyguards, were nabbed in Barangay Benolho during a buy-bust operation.

Recovered from the suspects was 237 grams of suspected shabu with a street value estimated at P1.9 million.

 

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