Alleged drug lord Espinosa's brother-in-law killed in Davao police ops

'NANLABAN'. Police say he resisted arrest and fought back, prompting police to retaliate.

'NANLABAN'. Police say he resisted arrest and fought back, prompting police to retaliate.

MANILA, Philippines – The brother-in-law of alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa was killed in a police operation in Toril, Davao City, on Wednesday, August 9.

Jake dela Cruz already had 4 arrest warrants against him that police tried to serve while he was hiding among his Davao relatives.

Davao police told Rappler he fought back during the encounter, forcing the uniformed men to "neutralize" him. He was shot once in both arms, but was killed by a gunshot wound to the head.

He faced criminal charges for illegal possession of firearms, illegal drugs, and murder.

Dela Cruz hailed from Albuera, Leyte, just like his brother-in-law.

In Leyte, his father-in-law, Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr, was slain by police inside his cell in at the Baybay jail in a supposed "rubout" in November 2016. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

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