Noynoy Aquino, the former president of the Philippines under whose term illegal drugs were rampantly manufactured and sold from within the country’s jails and prisons, has suddenly taken an interest in the investigation of the killing of Albuera town Mayor Rolando Espinosa inside a jail cell in Leyte. Espinosa has been linked, together with his son Kerwin to the narcotics trade. He was under the custody of the police when the incident happened.
In a news report, Aquino was quoted as saying, “Tulad ng marami, siguro inaabangan ko ‘yung mga imbestigasyon, tulad nung pahayag ni Senator (Panfilo) Lacson na buksan muli ‘yung mga extrajudicial killings tapos inaasahan natin na mabilis ‘yung pagsisiyasat dito sa pangyayaring ito at malaman natin anong nangyari dito.”
Previous to his death, Espinosa had already executed an affidavit naming several politicians and high ranking government officials as protectors of drug lords. This includes Aquino’s Liberal Partymate, Leila de Lima.
Aside from De Lima, who was Aquino’s Secretary of Justice and directly responsible for the drug-infested prison system, the brother of his former Agriculture Secretary has also been implicated in the drug trade.
The timing of Aquino’s interest comes at a time when speculations are high regarding the motives for the killing of Espinosa. Some people are wondering whether this has something to do with his threat to reveal more names, many of whom have links with the past administration.
Aside from Mayor Espinosa, his son’s attorney and ex-wife were also assassinated by unknown gunmen. Kerwin, who was arrested in ABu Dhabi, is now with the International Police (Interpol) while awaiting deportation. He is the last living link that could testify against his former protectors.