“They can get Kerwin Espinosa over my dead body."
This was the response of Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa to Senator Leila de Lima's statement that suspected druglord Kerwin Espinosa will suffer the same fate as his late father despite cooperation with the government.
Dela Rosa said they are doing their best to ensure Kerwin Espinosa safety.
“Mabuti pa siya at alam niya ang mangyayari kay Kerwin. Kami we are trying very hard to secure him at siya pinepredict na niya na papatayin. E bakit naman ganun ang pag-iisip ng isang tao," Dela Rosa said during a press conference on Monday.
He recalled his assurance to the public that the concourses number of PNP is ready to protect Espinosa.
“The whole organization, 160,000 of us, kung meron pang scalawag sa amin na gustong pumatay kay Kerwin maliit lang yan kumpara sa buong PNP. ” he said
Yesterday, De Lima gave an advice to Kerwin that his cooperation with the government's probe on illegal drug trade would not spared his life.
"This is my advice to Kerwin. Don’t ever think that your 'cooperation' will spare you your life. Sooner or later this government is going to make sure you end up like your father," said De Lima.
Kerwin Espinosa is currently in the custody of PNP Chief Bato Dela Rosa and was placed under the Witness Protection Program to ensure his safety.