Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa was killed by a still unknown assailant inside his cell at the Baybay City Provincial Jail early Saturday morning.
Espinosa had been arrested for drug-related charges.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Director Elmer Beltejar spoke with GMA News Online and confirmed Espinosa's death.
Beltejar added that details on shooting were still sketchy.
However, he did say that the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) was supposed to serve a warrant on Espinosa at the jail.
"It was a warrant application. It was purely CIDG. Walang coordination with PNP Region 8," he said.
The CIDG was also supposed to be serving a warrant on a certain Raul Yap for charges related to Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
Mayor Espinosa had surrendered to the PNP last August after his name was included in a list of government officials allegedly involved in illegal durgs. At the time, he claimed to know some 30 lawmakers and police commanders involved in illegal drugs.
He subsequently left police custody and returned to work, but was arrested last October 5 over illegal-drug and weapons charges.
Espinosa is the father of alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, who was arrested in Abu Dhabi last month. Kerwin is in the custody of INTERPOL and is in the process of being deported.
SOURCE: GMA NEWS