Pres. Rody Duterte asked the mayor to come out and surrender or risk being killed if they attempt to resist arresting officers.
According to the official confirmation from Malacanang, Pres. Duterte demanded the surrender of Mayor Roland Espinosa Sr. and son Kerwin Espinosa, on the grounds of drug-trafficking and coddling.
The mayor was also given a 24-hour ultimatum by the 71-year-old Pres. Rody Duterte, otherwise an order of "shoot on sight" will be given if they resist and endanger the lives of the arresting officers.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella stated the the Mayor's staff were earlier arrested during a buy-bust operation where officers seized P1.9 million worth of shabu.
Aside from one of the mayor's staff, two of Espinosa's bodyguards and three employees were arrested, four managed to escape by sprinting into the house of the mayor's son Kerwin Espinosa and locking the gate.
Based on initial investigations by police authorities and the PDEA, the Mayor of Albuerta, Leyte, Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., was said to have gone on leave.
Pres. Duterte Called on Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and Son to Surrender Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 8/02/2016 Rating: