The Philippine National Police (PNP) has placed under restrictive custody the 21 police personnel who were involved in the serving of the search warrant which resulted in the death of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa in his cell at the Baybay City, Leyte sub-provincial jail last November 5. In a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Monday, PNP Deputy Chief for Administration Deputy Director General Francisco Uyami said that the investigation being conducted by the Regional Internal Affairs Service of Region 8 (RIAS 8) is now ongoing. Uyami noted that 13 personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) led by Chief Insp. Leo Laraga and eight personnel from the PNP Maritime Unit are now being investigated. However, Uyami could not explain why personnel of the PNP Maritime Unit were used as a supporting team in the serving of the search warrant. The PNP Maritime Unit is mandated to secure and patrol the country’s coastlines. Likewise, Uyami confirmed that they were informed, especially the CIDG in Camp Crame, Quezon City that the search warrant would be served against the mayor and another inmate last Saturday. On the other hand, Uyami could not say the actual operation launched by the CIDG Team from Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) and when it was actually implemented. At the same time, the PNP defended the search warrant secured from the court. Uyami said that there is no law prohibiting the serving of a search warrant in a government facility. He added that a search warrant can also be served in private properties if there is a need to search the same.