(Eagle News) — The 19 policemen tagged in the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. have surrendered to authorities.
In a press release on Monday, the Philippine National Police mentioned those that “voluntarily submitted themselves for accounting and investigation” have been Supt. Marvin Marcos, Supt. Santi Noel Matira, Chief Insp. Leo Laraga, SP04 Melvin Cayobit, P03 Johnny Ibanez, Chief Insp. Calixto Canillas Jr., and SP04 Juanito Duarte.
Also included have been P01 Lloyd Ortigueza, Senior Insp. Fritz Blanco, P01 Bhernard Orpilla, Senior Insp. Deogracias Diaz III, SP02 Benjamin Dacallos, P03 Norman Abellanosa, P01 Jerlan Cabiyaan, Insp. Lucrecito Candilosas, and SP02 Antonio Docil.
SP01 Mark Christian Cadilo, P02 Jhon Ruel Doculan, and P02 Jaime Bacsal additionally surrendered to the police.
According to the PNP, the 19 policemen have been the topics of warrants of arrest issued by Branch 14 Judge Carlos Arguelles of the Baybay City, Leyte court docket.
The warrants have been in reference to the homicide instances filed towards them in reference to Espinosa’s killing in November final 12 months.
Espinosa, whom President Rodrigo Duterte linked to the unlawful drug commerce, was killed whereas detained on the Baybay City Provincial Jail.
The suspects claimed the mayor had shot at them first in the course of the implementation of a search warrant, prompting them to retaliate to defend themselves.
Espinosa had been arrested in October for unlawful drug possession.
After a number of days, his son Kerwin, whom Duterte known as a druglord, was arrested in Abu Dhabi.
According to Chief Supt. Elmer Beltejar, regional director of the Police Regional Office eight, the 19 are actually present process “booking procedures,” which embrace fingerprinting, the taking of mugshots and a medical examination, on the Criminal Investigation Detection Group regional unit.
He mentioned they have been ready for the dedication order to be issued by the court docket which might specify the place the suspects can be detained.