Ferdinand Rondina

Ferdinand Rondina, an alleged bagman of suspected drug lord Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr., who had information on drug payoffs to policemen and government officials, was assassinated hours before police arrested two other aides of Kerwin. He was watching TV at the barbecue stall of his sister outside his house in on ...

Ferdinand Rondina, an alleged bagman of suspected drug lord Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr., who had information on drug payoffs to policemen and government officials, was assassinated hours before police arrested two other aides of Kerwin.

He was watching TV at the barbecue stall of his sister outside his house in on Friday when two men wearing bonnets shot him repeatedly. The gunmen drew near Rondina as he lay dying and shot him in the face, making sure he’ll be dead, according to witnesses’ accounts given to investigators.

Senior Insp. Joseph Joevil Young, head of the City Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, said Rondina had stopped his illegal drugs trade as they could no longer buy shabu from him despite several attempts.

Rondina also surrendered to Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido, then Albuera police chief, when he learned that he was among those named by Kerwin’s father, Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. as among those involved in his son’s illegal operation. He was later used by Espenido as witness to the charges that the police officer filed against fellow men in uniform who allegedly were protecting Kerwin’s operation.

Espenido earlier explained that Rondina was trusted by Kerwin to distribute money to police and local officials whom the drug lord wanted to get favors from.

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