Viral: Mayor Espinosa last message before killed

The policemen barged into the provincial jail in Baybay City at around 4 a.m. and forced their way at gunpoint past seven guards who demanded to see a purported search warrant. The members of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) proceeded to the cell where Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa was detained.

As four police escorts of the CIDG team stood by, Espinosa begged for his life.

“Ayaw gyud ko ninyo plantere, sir, wa ko armas nga gitago (Please do not plant evidence sir, I’m not hiding any firearms),” Espinosa was heard saying before gunshots rang out.

Moments later, he lay dead, along with an inmate in an adjacent cell, Raul Yap. Closed circuit television footage of what the CIDG team claimed was an armed encounter with Espinosa and Yap is missing.

But Leyte provincial jail warden Homobono Bardillon yesterday detailed what he described as the final moments of Espinosa and Yap. The Philippine National Police (PNP) grounded the CIDG team yesterday pending an investigation of the killing.


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