Kerwin Espinosa: I'll divulge names involved in drug trade

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(CNN)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa says he will tell all on the illegal drug trade.

"Lahat ng mga involved sa drug trade na nalaman ko, lalabas silang lahat — iyong mga pangalan nila," Espinosa said during a press briefing after his arrival from the United Arab Emirates escorted by police officials.

[Translation: I will divulge all the names of all those I know who are involved in the durg trade.]

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director-General Ronald Dela Rosa presented Espinosa to the media Friday morning. Espinosa was arrested in Abu Dhabi last month and is facing charges of drug trafficking.

"He is going to tell everything that he knows regarding the illegal trade na kanyang kinasasadlakan…Sasabihin niya lahat kung sino iyong supplier niya, sino iyong distributor niya, upline, downline, protectors, lahat. That's how important he is," Dela Rosa said..

[Translation: He is going to tell everything he knows about his involvement in the illegal drug trade. He will reveal his suppliers, his distributors, upline, downline, protectors, everyone.]

Read: Alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa arrested in Abu Dhabi

Dela Rosa himself personally went to NAIA to pick up Espinosa.

He said it is important to obtain a sworn statement from Espinosa. He added the affidavit will contain "vital pieces of information" on the illegal drug trade.

"Inamin niya… may sinusoportahan siya noong eleksyon at nagbigay siya ng pera," he said.

[Translation: He admitted... he supported people during the election and he gave money.]

Dela Rosa described the suspect as the "missing piece of the puzzle" on illegal drugs. He added the PNP is treating Espinosa as "an arrested suspect and as a witness."

Espinosa will be detained at the PNP Custodial Center at Camp Crame. The facility hosts other high-profile detainees like Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla. Dela Rosa said the suspect will be "isolated," and visitors would need clearance from him or from Senior Superintendent  Albert Ferro, head of the PNP Anti-illegal Drugs Group.

Espinosa said he hid in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Phuket and Bangkok (Thailand), Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates. He added no one supported him while he was abroad, and that he survived on his own. Dela Rosa said Espinosa had about $40,000 (approximately ₱1.98 million).

Kerwin's safety 'guaranteed'

Last month, Espinosa's father, former Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa was shot dead in an alleged shootout inside the Leyte Sub-Provincial Jail.

Related: Albuera Mayor Espinosa killed in jail cell shootout - CIDG

Dela Rosa said on Monday the Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked the PNP to let them "safekeep" Kerwin, but the PNP top brass said they will still discuss the matter.

Dela Rosa "guaranteed" the public that Kerwin "will not die".

"Hindi mamamatay 'yun. Sigurado, hindi 'yun mamamatay... Guaranteed 'yan. Paninindigan ko 'yang aking sinasabi walang mangyayari sa kanya. Safe siya dito," Dela Rosa said.

[Translation: He will not die. For sure, he will not die. That's guaranteed. I will prove true to my word that nothing will happen to him. He's safe here.]

Kerwin seeks Duterte's forgiveness

During the press conference, Espinosa said he is seeking the forgiveness of President Rodrigo Duterte: "Humihingi ako ng tawad kung anuman iyong mga nagawa ko dati." [Translation: I am asking for forgiveness for whatever I may have committed in the past.]

He explained that he left the country because the president was "serious" against crime, especially illegal drugs. "[K]asi takot na ako." [Because I was scared.]

"Sana bigyan niya ako ng pagkakataon na mag-bagong buhay." [Hopefully, he gives me the chance to start a new life.]