Police: Senator involved in Kerwin Espinosa's drug trade

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Leyte police say a senator is among the high-ranking government officials named in Kerwin Espinosa's ledger of drug contacts.

Albuera, Leyte (CNN Philippines) – Police here said Tuesday that a senator was among the high-ranking officials named in the ledger of drug connections of fugitive Kerwin Espinosa, son of mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

Although Chief Supt. Jovie Espenido did not say the name or the involvement of the senator, he said he would leave it to the higher-ups to name the officials in the ledger after charges were filed against them on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Espinosa Sr. – who had been tagged on President Rodrigo Duterte's list of government officials involved in drugs – once again asserted his innocence.

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He also called on his son and Kerwin's alleged cohorts Max Miro, Galo Bobares, Tonipet Zaldevar and Dinan Rondina to surrender.

Espinosa Sr. could not give the names of high-ranking officials involved in Kerwin's business because he fears for the safety of his family, who are not under police protective custody.

Espenido said they are still verifying the mayor's information so that he and his family could be placed under the Department of Justice's witness protection program.

CNN Philippines Digital Producer VJ Bacungan contributed to this report.