September 25, 2020

JOVIE: WE’RE COPS, NOT KILLERS BUT…

first_imgIt was found out that Espenido, thenwith the rank of Chief Inspector, was not yet qualified to become the directorof a police office; he could only be a chief of a police of station. ILOILO City – “We are police officers,not killers. But if drug dealers resist arrest and fight us, we have to protectourselves,” according to Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido, the newdeputy city director for operations of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO). Espenido assured the people of BacolodCity that policemen uphold the rule of law and are true to their mission toserve and protect the public. But he won’t promise a bloodless drug war. “Bacolod City is really a big problem.It and Negros Occidental have become drug sources. I hope Lieutenant ColonelEspenido will deliver,” Pamuspusan said. “Lieutenant Colonel Espenido’s newposition is critical in the antidrug campaign. He will be leading the oversightcommittee on illegal drugs. Makatulongsiya sa pag-arrest ng mga drug dealers,”said Pamuspusan. “I will do whatever I can contributeto the police organization. We have the same thrust, to eradicate illegaldrugs,” said the 51-year-old Leyte native. Espenido is taking over the postvacated by Police Lieutenant Colonel Leonardo Borromeo who has gone schooling,according to Police Colonel Henry Biñas, BCPO director. According to PRO-6 spokesperson PoliceLieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, Espenido’s promotion process from major tolieutenant colonel started on July 30, 2017 but was only formalized upon hisreassignment to Western Visayas./PN Pamuspusan and Police Colonel MarlonTayaba, chief of the PRO-6 directorial staff, led a short ceremony for thedonning of the new rank insignia of Espenido. InNovember 2016, Espenido was also the police chief of Albuera, Leyte when itsmayor, Rolando Espinosa Sr., was killed in a shootout as police were attemptingto serve a search warrant. In January this year, PresidentRodrigo Duterte sacked five Bacolod police officers whom he accused ofprotecting drug syndicates. He also took potshots at Bacolod City councilor. Espenido was formally promoted to therank of Police Lieutenant Colonel yesterday prior to the announcement of hisspecific Bacolod assignment.center_img Biñas said he expects an effectiveworking relationship with Espenido. Both had worked together in Cebu City inthe past. BothParojinog and Espinosa were linked by President Duterte to illegal drugs. LAW ENFORCERS. Controversial Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido (left) is welcomed to the Police Regional Office 6 by Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, Western Visayas police director. Espenido has been designated deputy city director for operations of the Bacolod City Police Office. His main task is to run after drug traffickers. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Espenido, former Ozamiz City policechief, will take charge of antidrug operations in Bacolod City, saidPamuspusan. In Aug. 28, 2017 Espenido wasreassigned by no less than the President from Ozamiz City to Iloilo City thathe branded as “most shabulized.” Espenido’s specific assignment wasannounced yesterday during his courtesy call to Police Brigadier General RenePamuspusan, director of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6), in Camp Delgado. The reassignment, however, wasrecalled just days after by Duterte himself who said he was giving in to therequests of the residents of Ozamiz City not to transfer Espenido yet.

 Espenido said he is honored to beworking in Bacolod City and that he would focus on high-value targets. OnJuly 30, 2017 Ozamiz City’s Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 14 others were killedin a shootout led by Espenido who was serving search warrants at Parojinog’sproperties in barangays Baybay San Roque and Baybay Santa Cruz. “I am familiar with him. He is ahard-working officer,” Biñas told PanayNews.last_img

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