PNP Chief on Mayor Espinosa: He’s alive because he didn’t fight back

MANILA — Philippine National Police (PNP) Dir. Gen. Roland “Bato” dela Rosa on Thursday insisted that the police were fair in their treatment of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Ronald Espinosa Sr., who along with his son Kerwin, has been linked to the illegal drug trade.

During a joint-hearing on the Duterte administration’s anti-narcotics campaign, dela Rosa denied that the PNP is being selective in its shoot-to-kill order, saying that Mayor Espinosa was not shot because he did not resist arrest or fight back.

“Had he fought back, he could have been killed but he didn’t fight back, so now he’s alive,” he said in Filipino.

“It’s like comparing a guava to an orange,” the PNP chief added, urging drug pushers and users to surrender and avoid the same fate as those who were killed under the current administration’s aggressive war on illegal drugs.

Espinosa had surrendered to the PNP and admitted that it was Kerwin who was involved in the illegal drug trade. Kerwin Espinosa has gone into hiding.

Also present at the hearing were officials of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) among others. PNA/