Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa was killed by a still unknown assailant inside his cell at the Baybay City Provincial Jail early Saturday morning, GMA Stringer Robert Dejon reported.
Espinosa had been arrested for drug-related charges.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Director Elmer Beltejar spoke with GMA News Online and confirmed Espinosa’s death.
However, Beltejar added that details on shooting were still sketchy.
According to Beltejar, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) served a warrant of arrest for the violation of Republic Act No. 101591 or the illegal possession of firearms last October 5.
“It was search warrant application. It was purely CIDG. Walang coordination with PNP Region 8,” he said.
At the same time, the CIDG was also serving a warrant for a certain Raul Yap for charges related to Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
Espinosa is also the father of alleged drug lord Erwin Espinosa, who was arrested in Abu Dhabi last month.