Sunday, November 6, 2016

Philippines Mayor Killed

          The mayor of Albuera, a region within the Philippines, was killed by local authorities just a few days ago.  Ronalda Espinosa, allegedly held ties to the prolific drug trade within the Philippines, and he was shot by police, while being held inside his jail cell.  There are many whom are calling for, a more thorough investigation, regarding the circumstances surrounding Espinosa's death; some believe he was executed, while others persist that a shootout occurred between Espinosa and authorities.  Regardless of the circumstances, the death of Ronalda Espinosa marks the second death of a Philippine mayor, all within the last two weeks.  Philippine's president, Rodrigo Duterte, has recently advocated a very direct, harsh plan to combat the drug trade presiding within the country.  In fact, Duterte vowed to kill all suspected drug dealers within the Philippines.  While many support the President's call to action, his methods have brought controversy within, and beyond, the Philippines.  Mayor Ronalda Espinosa, was on Duterte's "list" of high-ranking, suspected drug dealers within the Philippines, and some believe that he may have been tied, directly, to the mayor's death.

-Jaedyn Krebs-Carr

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