On Monday, suspected big-time drug lord Roland “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. was arrested by the local police authorities in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Kerwin, the son of Ronaldo Espinosa Sr., was caught at around 2 in the morning Manila time through a joint operation between Abu Dhabi police and the Philippine National Police’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (PNP-AIDG) in cooperation with Interpol.
The arrest was confirmed by no less than PNP chief Dir. Gen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa during a press conference held at Camp Crame.
“Just this morning around 2 a.m., our team from AIDG led by Senior Superintendent (Albert) Ferro in coordination with criminal investigation division of the Abu Dhabi police arrested the drug lord Kerwin Espinosa,” Dela Rosa said.
Meanwhile, SunStar reported that the top police officials in Visayas are expecting Kerwin to disclose individuals who might also be involved in his illegal drug transactions.
Director of the Police Regional Office (PRO) Central Visayas Chief Superintendent Noli Taliño, said that Kerwin could be in possession of other names of both public officials and police officers who are into the same illegal drug trade.
“Malaking dagok sa illegal drug trade sa Pilipinas, especially dito sa Visayas (The arrest deals a huge blow to the illegal drug trade in the Philippines, especially here in the Visayas),” said Taliño.
It was a Filipino overseas worker who gave off information to Filipino authorities with regard to Kerwin’s presence in the Middle East.
On other news, Taliño said that as of present, they do not have any information regarding new personalities who may have taken the place of Rowen “Yawa” Secretaria and Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz. These two alleged drug lords were both killed in the government’s operations against illegal drugs.
Meanwhile, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña revealed that he was impressed by Duterte’s effective war on drugs.
“There might be some collateral damage. I might even be one of them. They removed my deputation, they removed my commanders, which I think is wrong,” he said.