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PNP steps up hunt for Kerwin

PALO, Leyte (PNA) – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has ordered the police in Eastern Visayas to step up efforts to hunt the region’s suspected top drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

Speaking to key police officers during the 115th police service anniversary on Tuesday, Dela Rosa asked the local police to “chase every corner” of Eastern Visayas to arrest the alleged biggest drug lord in the region.

However, in a press briefing, Dela Rosa disclosed that Kerwin is still hiding in Malaysia. There are no records of Malaysian immigration that he left their country, according to Dela Rosa.

Kerwin reportedly vanished from his hometown in Leyte on June 21, a few days before President Rodrigo Duterte assumed the presidency.

The official admitted that he was upset after Kerwin sent surrender feelers to the PNP through his father, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa, Sr.

On Aug. 2, the mayor surrendered to the PNP chief, following the President’s surrender call on him and his son for alleged involvement in drug trafficking. With the younger Espinosa’s failure to heed the surrender demand, the mayor left Camp Crame on Aug. 6.

“I’m sure he would die since many people wanted to kill him. How I wish he would fight back and die during police operation to end his illegal drugs operations,” Dela Rosa told reporters.

The PNP regional office reported that the Espinosa group supplies 30 to 50 kilograms of shabu every month in Eastern Visayas and nearby regions during Kerwin’s “heyday.”