DUTERTE: P88-M worth of shabu, bomb components seized from Espinosa’s Leyte home

Police seized at least 11 kilograms of shabu and ingredients for bomb-making in a raid at the ancestral home of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. early Wednesday.

Joint teams from the local Albuera police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) raised Espinosa’s home at Sitio Tinago Dos, Barangay Benolho at around 5 a.m.

The drugs, contained in plastic bags, were found in the house’s kitchen cabinets.

The volume of drugs seized from the house has a street value of P88 million.

The operatives also seized ammonium nitrate, blasting caps, firing wires and black powder.

Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido, chief of the Albuera police, said they were able to secure a search warrant on Espinosa’s ancestral home after receiving positive information that kilograms of shabu are being stored in the compound.

Espenido said the information came from Espinosa’s men who were arrested in past police operations.

He said that they will conduct more raids in the mayor’s houses in Leyte as soon as they get search warrants.

He added that they have fresh information from one of the arrested men of Espinosa that several firearms are stored in one of the houses.

Surrendered to Bato

Espinosa surrendered to Philippine Natioal Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa last week and was allowed to stay for several days at the top cop’s residence in Camp Crame, the White House.

While in Manila, policemen killed six alleged men of Espinosa in Albuera. The gunmen were killed in a shootout outside the residences of the mayor in Barangay Benolho.

Dela Rosa kicked out Espinosa from his official residence after the mayor’s suspected drug lord son, Kerwin, failed to meet the deadline for him to surrender.

At present, Mayor Espinosa remains confined in a hospital in Cebu.

Police have yet to say if charges will be filed against the mayor for the seizure of drugs and explosives ingredients in his home.

But on Aug. 4, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group 8 filed complaints with the Office of the Prov. Prosecutor Ma. Arlene Cordovez against the Espinosas for violation of Section 5 (Trading), Article II of RA 9165, Section 28 of RA 10591 and RA 9516 for illegal possesion of firearms, ammunition and explosives. Katrina Son and Paul Libres/ALG/RSJ, GMA News






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Marcos’ military record full of lies, says NHCP

FERDINAND Marcos lied about receiving three military medals and was never recognized as the leader of his supposed guerrilla unit, Ang Mga Maharlika, among other things, according to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

For this alone, the NHCP said the late dictator should not be buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“A doubtful record also does not serve as a sound, unassailable basis of historical recognition of any sort, let alone burial in a site intended as its name suggests for heroes,” the NHCP said in its study, “Why Ferdinand E. Marcos should not be buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani” that was released on July 12.

The commission said the 17-page study, based on archived documents and official websites of pertinent US government agencies, among others sources, was undertaken as “part of its mandate to conduct and disseminate historical research and resolve historical controversies.”

According to the NHCP, Marcos’ military record is “fraught with myths, factual inconsistencies and lies.”

For instance, it said that while Marcos claimed to have received three “major” US medals―the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star and the Order of the Purple Heart―several writers and historians had put this into question.

The NHCP said John Sharkey, assistant foreign editor of The Washington Post, for example, wrote in 1983 that an “18-month effort to verify Marcos’ claims to high American decorations raises serious doubts about whether he actually was awarded them.”

It said a Filipino war historian, University of the Philippines professor Ricardo Jose, also argued that it was “simply not possible for one man to have caused the delay of the fall of Bataan by three months.”

“The rule in history is that when a claim is disproven, it is simply dismissed,” the NHCP said.

According to the commission, the “nonrecognition” of Ang Mga Maharlika was also reiterated by Major R. G. Langham.

It said that in a memorandum dated May 31, 1945, Langham said the unit “with a strength of six officers and 18 enlisted men,” was “not recommended for recognition because of the limited military value of their duties.”

The NHCP said the nonrecognition of Ang Mga Maharlika also appeared in the memorandum of Lt. Kenneth Neubauer to Capt. J. O. Keider on Sept. 18, 1947.

“US officials (also) did not recognize Mr. Marcos’ rank promotion from major in 1944 to Lt. Col. by 1947,” the NHCP said.

It added that Marcos’ actions such as his command over the Alias Intelligence Unit, his commissioning of officers and his listing of his name in several units, among others, were also “called into question by upper echelons of the US military.”

“When a historical matter is under question or grave doubt, the matter may not be established or taken as fact,” the commission said.

“For these reasons, the NHCP opposes the plan to bury Mr. Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani,” it added.

By: Kristine Felisse Mangunay  August 10, 2016


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