Alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa has implicated not one but two incumbent senators, as well as five congressmen, a governor, a police general and a high-ranking Aquino administration official as those protecting his drug trade, whistleblower Sandra Cam said on Monday.
In an interview after meeting with Senator Panfilo Lacson on her impending appearance before the Senate inquiry into the killing of Kerwin’s father – Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa – Cam said Kerwin told her details of who his protectors were during the previous administration.
Cam had met with Kerwin when he was in Abu Dhabi, under detention of authorities on the basis of a request by Philippine police. Kerwin flew home to Manila under heavy guard at dawn Friday.
“Well, I can say for now basta may malalaking tao, may senador, congressman, governor, (PNP) General, at mga binanggit siyang piskal kaya doon natin makikita kung gaano katalamak na ang proteksiyon ng droga [He said there are big fishes–a senator, congressmen, a governor, a police general and a fiscal, so you can see how widespread is the drug problem],” Cam told reporters.
“Malalaking personalities po, very high-level personalities kabilang sa police force, maraming heneral siyang isinangkot at malalaman natin ngayon kung sino ang nagpapatay sa kanyang ama dahil makikita natin ang lalim,” she added.
Cam pointed out that Kerwin made the revelation only during her conversation with him, and what is important is his judicial affidavit to be submitted to the Senate committee on public order and on dangerous drugs – the two panels conducting the inquiry into the death of his father, who was gunned down by CIDG raiders inside his detention cell at the Baybay City Jail, supposedly because he pulled a gun when they came to search the premises.
“Sa isang senador, sinabi nya, sasabihin nya sa imbestigasyon dito at may affidavit na siya,” Cam said.
According to Cam, Kerwin delivered about P1.7 million in October, P2 million each in November and December of 2015, purportedly for the campaign funds of the incumbent senator.
“Well, money matters, one senator there nag-deliver siya ng tatlong beses, ‘wag na tayong nagpatumpik-tumpik dito sana dito sa Senado, ma-regain ang respeto ng ating sambayang Filipino, kailangan baguhin din po,” she said.
On the second senator, Cam said that Kerwin did not personally hand over the drug money but through his men, who delivered it somewhere “up north.”
“Baka sa kampanya kasi it is already October, November and December last year. In Metro Manila and one in up North,” Cam said.
As a resource person, Cam said that Lacson invited her since she facilitated the return of Kerwin to the country.
“Invited ako sa plenary; in fact I have just talked to Senator Lacson, to make sure I will be there and he said ‘yes, dahil sa iyo nailutang natin si Kerwin Espinosa’,” Cam said.