With alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa now under the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the very one person that is feeling upset and maybe freaking out is Sen. Leila de Lima.
The death of Kerwin’s father, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa may have been a thorn removed from her side especially after he accused de Lima of coddling his son in the latter’s drug operations in Eastern and Central Visayas. This also after the late mayor showed photos of De Lima and Espinosa in Baguio City in February 2016 to establish their links.
However, de Lima has probably come to realize now that Kerwin is becoming a far bigger and painful thorn on her side and a more terrifying enemy than his father because his arrest and detention, his possession of a “blue book” validating the names mentioned by his late father in the latter’s “pink book” and the assurance by the PNP that Kerwin has to stay alive for him tell his tale is making her do everything possible, including the use of psywar, to save her skin.
For one whom I described as grasping at straws (https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/de-lima-obsessed-for-revenge-against-duterte/), there could not be a better weapon than the use of psywar at his new formidable enemy.
For how else would one describe de Lima’s action targeting and influencing Kerwin’s emotions and reasoning when she supposedly advise Kerwin, saying: “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. I make the same prediction for Jaybee Sebastian.”
Jaybee Sebastian is of course the high-profile inmate highly regarded as the top drug lord inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) who has also accused De Lima of getting bribes from convicted drug lords during her term as Justice Secretary.
No doubt de Lima is hoping against hope that Kerwin will sing a different tune by absolving her, or by keeping mum, or by having amnesia, but the writing on the wall does not favor her and the die is cast of her deep involvement with so many witnesses already swearing on it.
Kerwin now seems to be the be-all and end-all witness when he appears at the senate probe on his father’s death on November 23.
Likewise, it will be the day of reckoning for Sen. Leila de Lima and her psywar tactic.