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.
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