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Kerwin belies father's supposed signature in judicial affidavit

Kerwin Espinosa at the Senate inquiry on the drug trade. Photographed by Jamin Verde, InterAksyon
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MANILA - Kerwin Espinosa on Wednesday disowned the signature attributed to his father, Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa, who was slain in jail, on two separate affidavits executed on August 24, 2016.

In his 27-page affidavit, the younger Espinosa asserted that the signatures appearing above the name of Rolando Espinosa were not in any way his father's handwriting.

Kerwin was referring to the judicial affidavit and supplemental affidavit showed to him by Supt. Enrico T. Rigor, chief of the legal and investigation division of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Group last November 22, 2016.

"In the first place," Kerwin said, in Filipino, "my father was in no position to say anything about who I dealt or was in cahoots with in the illegal drug trade," he said.

Kerwin remarked that what Albuera Police Chief Juvie Espenido did was implicate his father: "Idinawit po siya ni C/Inspector Juvie Espenido (He was imputed by Espenido)."

Asked why he tended to think so, Kerwin remarked that Espenido and his father had a long-standing grudge against each other that went as far back as 1999 because they were respectively serving political rivals in Leyte.

Espenido was then the henchman of the Codillas, while the Espinosas were associated with the Locsins.

"Espenido plotted to have me killed, word of which filtered back to me. Their attempt failed because they tagged another person whom they thought was me. Because of that, he had to lie low for a year, and for that he held our family in bad light," Kerwin related, in Filipino.