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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Woman linked to 2 ‘drug lords’ killed

A WOMAN who allegedly used to be involved with two suspected drug lords died last Friday when she was shot by an unidentified gunman while she rode a bike with her boyfriend.

Analou Llaguno, 30, was reportedly married to suspected drug kingpin Kerwin Espinosa but was left to fend for herself after he was arrested during one of the drug busts the police organized to get him.

In 2009, she eloped with Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz, who was considered Cebu’s biggest suspected drug lord, police said.

The person who killed her while she was cruising with her boyfriend on a bike remains unidentified.

According to Director Noli Taliño of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7, the police received information that Llaguno was Espinosa’s ex-wife, after she became romantically linked to Diaz.

Diaz died in a police operation last June. Espinosa remains at large.

Taliño confirmed through a text message to Sun.Star Cebu that Llaguno had romantic links to the two biggest suspected drug lords of Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas, although not at the same time.

“According to our information, Llaguno was the ex-wife of Kerwin Espinosa and also became the girlfriend of Jaguar,” he said.

A police official who asked not to be named said that the two alleged drug lords quarreled over Llaguno after Espinosa found out that she was living with Diaz.

When Espinosa tried to confront Diaz, the latter reportedly threatened to kill him.

Espinosa, at that time, worked with Diaz.

He left the group and ran his own operations in Eastern Visayas, which grew until it was allegedly as extensive as Diaz’s racket.

The police official also revealed that Llaguno was allegedly the one who tipped the operatives on Diaz’s whereabouts in Las Piñas City, on condition that they would arrest him. She was reportedly living with him there.

He was killed instead in an operation organized by the Regional Intelligence Division (RID), Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) and the Las Piñas police last June 17. That involved 20 men.

Espinosa, on the other hand, remains at large even after his father, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. pleaded for him to surrender to the authorities.

After Diaz’s death, Llaguno allegedly fled from Las Piñas and came home, bringing a bag full of money. She allegedly used the money to finance a jewelry business.

Investigators are looking at the possibility that a personal grudge motivated Llaguno’s killers.

They are pursuing the angle that Diaz’s family had an axe to grind against Llaguno, whom they may have suspected of providing information to the police.

Was she directly involved in the drug trade? Chief Insp. Cristopher Navida of the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) said she had no such record.

“There’s no Analou Llaguno in our watch list,” he told Sun.Star Cebu.

She succumbed to a wound in the head at 4 p.m. on Friday inside a private hospital, after she was shot from behind by the unknown attacker.

Llaguno was a niece of the alleged drug lord Cresostomo “Tata Negro” Llaguno, who ran for Cebu City councilor in 2010 but was shot dead during a campaign sortie in Barangay Lorega San Miguel, Cebu City in May 2010.
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