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Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa and drug suspect Raul Yap were killed in a shootout.

Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa and drug suspect Raul Yap were killed in a shootout.
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Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa and drug suspect Raul Yap were killed in a shootout inside the Baybay City Provincial Jail early Saturday morning.

Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 8 were at the jail to serve search warrants on the two detainees for separate cases when the latter fired at the cops and a shootout ensued, Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Director Elmer Beltejar said.

The cops were about to serve a search warrant on Espinosa for violation of Republic Act No. 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act. 

Espinosa had been arrested for drug-related charges.

The CIDG was also going to serve a search warrant on Raul Yap for charges related to violation of Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

The search warrants were issued by Judge Tarcelo Sabarre Jr. of the Regional Trial Court Branch 30 in Basey, Samar.

Beltejar spoke with GMA News Online before 7 a.m. Saturday and confirmed Espinosa's death.

He said elements of the the CIDG Region 8 led by Police Chief Inspector Leo Laraga arrived at the Baybay City Sub-Provincial Jail in Brgy. Hipusngo at 4:10 a.m. on Saturday to implement the search warrants.

"It was a warrant application. It was purely CIDG. Walang coordination with PNP Region 8," Beltejar told GMA News Online.

Elements of the Scene of the Crime Operatives, who arrived at the scene at 5:58 a.m., recovered a Super Caliber .38 pistol, a magazine of live ammunition, a small, heat-sealed sachet of suspected shabu, and several drug paraphernalia in Espinosa’s cell.

Meanwhile, a 45-caliber pistol, a magazine of live ammunition, 10 big heat-sealed sachets and five medium-sized heat-sealed sachets of suspected shabu, 27 big heat-sealed sachets of suspected dried leaves of marijuana, and several drug paraphernalia were found in Yap’s cell.

Elements of the Scene of the Crime Operatives arrived at the jail later to process the crime scene.

Source: GMA News

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