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Espinosas leave PNP’s White House

Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. on Saturday morning left the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

A lawyer of the mayor told GMA News that Espinosa, his daughter and common-law wife left the "White House," the official residence of the PNP chief, before 8 a.m.

The Espinosas were bound for Leyte.

The PNP said in a statement that the mayor left the White House after his son, Kerwin, failed to surrender on Friday.

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa gave Kerwin, a suspected drug lord, an ultimatum to surrender.

“I am giving him [Kerwin] until today. Kapag walang mangyari eh di pauwiin ko na s’ya bukas. I will ship them out. Hanggang ngayon gabi. Kung walang nangyari then tomorrow morning I will tell them to vacate and ship themselves out,” Dela Rosa told reporters on Friday.

Dela Rosa said that out of pity, he allowed the Espinosas to stay in one of the rooms in the White House.

He said the Espinosas wanted to stay at the White House because they do not want to return to their home due to threats and Mayor Espinosa wanted to be there when his son surrenders.

Mayor Espinosa surrendered last Tuesday after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to issue a "shoot on site" order against him and his son, Kerwin.

Kerwin has reportedly left for Malaysia on June 21. —report from JP Soriano/ALG, GMA News