Asia

Drug dealer says he gave money to Philippine senator, police

  • Wearing a bullet-proof vest, alleged Filipino drug lord Rolando "Kerwin" Espinosa Jr., right, confers with Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, as he testifies during the resumption of the Senate probe into alleged extra-judicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The probe was called following the killing of Espinosa's father, local township Mayor Rolando Espinosa, by police while inside his jail. At left is Philippine National Police Chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Wearing a bullet-proof vest, alleged Filipino drug lord Rolando "Kerwin" Espinosa Jr., right, confers with Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, as he testifies during the resumption of the Senate probe into alleged extra-judicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The probe was called following the killing of Espinosa's father, local township Mayor Rolando Espinosa, by police while inside his jail. At left is Philippine National Police Chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Wearing a bullet-proof vest, Filipino self-confessed drug dealer Rolando "Kerwin" Espinosa Jr. prepares to testify on his involvement in the illegal drug trade in the country during the resumption of the Senate probe on alleged extra-judicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Espinosa, whose father was killed in an alleged gun fight in prison, has testified before a Philippine Senate investigation that he provided police officials and an opposition senator millions of pesos in protection money. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Wearing a bullet-proof vest, Filipino self-confessed drug dealer Rolando "Kerwin" Espinosa Jr. prepares to testify on his involvement in the illegal drug trade in the country during the resumption of the Senate probe on alleged extra-judicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Espinosa, whose father was killed in an alleged gun fight in prison, has testified before a Philippine Senate investigation that he provided police officials and an opposition senator millions of pesos in protection money. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Wearing a bullet-proof vest, Filipino self-confessed drug dealer Rolando "Kerwin" Espinosa Jr. takes his oath before testifying on his involvement in the illegal drug trade in the country at the resumption of the Senate probe on alleged extra-judicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Espinosa, whose father was killed in an alleged gun fight in prison, has testified before a Philippine Senate investigation that he provided police officials and an opposition senator millions of pesos in protection money. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Wearing a bullet-proof vest, Filipino self-confessed drug dealer Rolando "Kerwin" Espinosa Jr. takes his oath before testifying on his involvement in the illegal drug trade in the country at the resumption of the Senate probe on alleged extra-judicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Espinosa, whose father was killed in an alleged gun fight in prison, has testified before a Philippine Senate investigation that he provided police officials and an opposition senator millions of pesos in protection money. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

A self-confessed drug dealer, whose father was killed in an alleged gun fight in prison, has testified before a Philippine Senate investigation that he provided police officials and an opposition senator millions of pesos in protection money.

Rolando "Kerwin" Espinosa Jr. said Wednesday that he gave 8 million pesos ($160,000) last year to Sen. Leila de Lima's bodyguard. De Lima was a former justice secretary who President Rodrigo Duterte earlier alleged had collected money from drug lords through her bodyguard, who was also her lover, to fund her senatorial campaign.

De Lima, who has initiated an investigation into Duterte's deadly anti-drug campaign, has denied receiving drug money and said she does not know Espinosa.

Duterte's anti-drug campaign has left more than 4,000 suspected addicts and pushers dead since July.