After the death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., who was allegedly shot after he fought back the police who came to give his arrest warrant at a Leyte jail on Saturday, November 5, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson wants to call for a resumption of the just concluded Senate inquiry on extrajudicial killings.
Senator Lacson said that he would talk to the Senate justice and human rights committee chair Richard Gordon if they can resume the investigation after Espinosa’s killing which he referred to as “a clear case of EJK (extrajudicial killing).”
“I think that incident is the biggest challenge to the credibility of the PNP that could affect even the other operations involving drug suspects killed under similarly suspicious circumstances,” Lacson, a former national police chief, said.
“I will discuss the possibility of resuming the EJK investigation with Sen. Gordon and focus on the Espinosa killing when session resumes on Monday,” he added.
Lacson explained that he wants to resume the investigation because it can be “the possible cover up for bigger personalities as motive.”
The senator also remained unconvinced of Espinosa’s death which he described as “a very bad script”.
“I can’t understand for the life of me how a prisoner inside a prison cell could even think of fighting back at police officers serving a warrant for his arrest,” Lacson said.
Lacson also questioned why officers of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group were sent to serve the warrant to Espinosa instead of a court sheriff when “he was detained anyway.” Another question was why they opted to serve the arrest warrant personally “when they could simply coordinate with the jail warden.”
The senator also noted that there is no one left to testify because the prisoner sharing Espinosa’s cell was also killed.
“Now, I dare them to answer these questions and more in order to convince me to believe their story,” Lacson said.