- Rolando Espinosa Sr. denied ownership of the drugs found inside his home
- He asked Duterte and Bato for protection, said police are just using him as leverage against his son
- He also promised to face whatever case may be filed against him
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Crying foul over the police raid into his home which yielded 11 kilos of shabu worth P88 million and bomb-making parts, Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. denied ownership of the drugs and said he was just being used as leverage to get his son, alleged drug lord Kerwin, to surrender.
“I have always maintained my innocence on my knowledge of the illegal activities of my son. However, it seems that the authorities are using me to pressure my son, Kerwin, to surrender,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Claiming the raid was part of a harassment campaign against him by Albuera police head Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido, Espinosa appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte and PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to order him to stop.
“I am appealing to the President and to the Chief PNP to order his men to stop these threats and harassment to my person and to the members of my family,” he said.
At the same time, Espinosa vowed to face whatever charges the authorities may slap against him for his alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.
“I am assuring them that I will face the cases that will be filed against me. I have no plans of fleeing because I am innocent of all these charges and I still believe in the justice system that eventually will uphold my innocence,” he said.
Espinosa has been confined in a Cebu City hospital after complaining of chest pains. His son meanwhile has remained at large despite an order for him to surrender.