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Senator Leila De Lima on Friday admitted that she is getting afraid of the impending return to the country of suspected big-time drug lord Kerwin Espinosa as the administration might supposedly force him to lie and tag her in the illegal drug trade.
“I will be very candid, I myself fear that it’s not unlikely that Kerwin will be coerced to lie against me, just like those witnesses in the House inquiry. In fact, I strongly suspect that the killing of his father was a warning to him, in the same manner that the Bilibid riot was for Jaybee Sebastian,” De Lima said.
Kerwin’s father Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa was killed inside his detention cell in Baybay CIty Sub-Provincial Jail in what the police team claimed as a shootout amid their attempt to serve a search warrant against him for alleged illegal possession of firearms and drugs.
De Lima had earlier said she suspects that Espinosa was killed for possibly wanting to recant his affidavits in which she was named as among the 50 personalities supposedly involved in the illegal drug trade.
“Ang ano ko diyan na talagang may mga nagdikta lang sa kanya para ilagay ako at number one pa sa listahan niya. And then ang pinakamalakas ko ngang theory kung bakit siguro pinatay si Mayor Espinosa, baka eventually ayaw niya na mag-cooperate, baka you know, parang na-ano siya ng konsensya niya na puwede niyang i-recant [yung affidavits niya],” De Lima said in an interview with reporters on Thursday.
De Lima said that while she is in favor of the repatriation of Kerwin to divulge his knowledge on the illegal drug trade, she is at the same time afraid for the latter’s life, especially after the death of his father in the hands of the police.
“Yes, Kerwin has to be brought back. Yes, he definitely has to be kept safe. But I am sure you will understand and forgive me if I don’t trust this administration to effectively and faithfully discharge that duty – lumalabas nga na sila mismo ang mga bantay-salakay,” De Lima.

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