“Sabi niya, yung si Marcos daw, dahil tumatakbo yung misis niya, and then hinihingian siya ng P3 million. Nagtawaran pa tapos sabi P2.5 [million] na lang pero hindi talaga kung hindi P1.5 [million] lang nabigay pauna.”
This is the statement issued by Sen. Manny Pacquiao during a TV interview following his one-on-one meeting with alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa of Albuera, Leyte.
The Marcos referred to Pacquiao is none other than Superintendent Marvin Marcos, head of the Eastern Visayas’ Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-8), who was relieved pending upon the investigation over the death of the elder Espinosa.
According to Pacquiao, it was Kerwin’s father who gave the money to Marcos.
“Ang tatay niya ang nag-abot kay Marcos and then siya nandyan sa sasakyan pero hindi na siya bumaba.”
It can be recalled that Lacson earlier revealed during a radio interview at DZBB that Marcos did receive money from the Espinosa’s.
“Ang asawa ni Marcos tumakbo ng Vice Mayor ng Pastrana, Leyte. At may report nakapagbigay rin. Kaya tinanong ko si Marcos, kilala mo ba si Kerwin Espinosa? Sabi niya hindi. Binalaan ko siya pagdating ni Kerwin magte-testify yan kasi may report na nagbigay si Espinosa para sa kandidatura ng kanyang asawa, si Maritess Marcos.”
Lacson also revealed that Marcos is a relative of a journalist tagged by Mayor Espinosa as one of their protectors in the media.
In an article published by GMA News, Marcos admitted that an Ormoc-based journalist linked to Kerwin Espinosa is a relative. You may check the full article here.
The revelation made by Kerwin Espinosa to Pacquiao matches the earlier statement of Senator Lacson earlier in the month during the height of the investigation surrounding the death of the elder Espinosa.
“May balita nag-contribute ang mga Espinosa sa kandidatura ng asawa ni Marcos at ang report nagsasabi si Supt. Marcos mismo ang tumanggap ng campaign contribution para sa asawa. These are reports or allegations na dapat i-validate.”
Pacquiao said that Kerwin Espinosa expressed his willingness to tell all after the elder Espinosa was killed in an attempt to discourage him from talking.
“Nagsasabi naman siya ng totoo. Sabi niya nga sa akin pinatay nila ang tatay ko para hindi ako magsalita, ngayon magsasalita talaga ako sabihin ko ang lahat ng nabigyan ko ng pera.”
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Source: GMA News