Case build up vs Mayor Espinosa continues as PNP awaits arrest warrant – Sueno

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno today maintained that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is doing its best to keep the highest standard of service in all government offices.

Secretary Sueno issued the statement following the return of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa to office last August 16, despite his alleged link to the illegal drug trade which President Rodrigo Duterte identified himself.

The Secretary said Mayor Espinosa was allowed to hold office and continue his function as local chief executive of Albuera, Leyte due to the absence of warrant of arrest issued against him.

"There is no warrant of arrest issued against him yet. So, this is why the CIDG [Criminal Investigation and Detection Group] has already filed cases against him and we are waiting for the arrest warrant to be issued," Sueno said.

The Secretary said the DILG is confident that Espinosa will honor his commitment not to leave the country while the PNP is seeking the warrant to claim custody over him.

He said police operatives were already assigned temporarily to Espinosa to secure his whereabouts while waiting for the warrant of arrest from the appropriate court.

He likewise said that the DILG's Legal and Legislative Liaison Service (LLLS) continues its case against the mayor of Albuera to ensure that the government is equipped with the necessary legal backup when it filed a suit against Espinosa.

Source: Philippine Information Agency