Ozamiz City Police Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido just made his warning shot to whoever will be the sitting local government official for his next assignment- that they should immediately resign if they are involved in the illegal drugs trade. When asked why they should resign, Espenido replied“Para humaba buhay ba [So they can live longer]”.
|During the 116th Police Service Anniversary in Camp Crame Ozamiz City Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido was given the PNP's Individual Award for Anti-Illegal Drugs Operation. (photo credit to Dharel Placido)
Espenido’s shot to fame when he led the operation in Ozamiz last June 30 which resulted to the death of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and 14 others.
He is also the local police chief when Albuera, leyte Mayor Ronaldo Espinosa was killed inside his detention cell by police officers who will be serving a search warrant, last November 2016.
Both Espinosa and Parojinog are alleged narco-politicians in their respective area.
The Philippine National Police top brass has not decided yet where he will be assigned next. In an interview PNP Chief Director General Ronald M. dela Rosa said that Espenido is a sought-after official in the campaign against illegal drugs, with local officials asking for his assignment in their areas.
“Kung saan ako malagay, resign na lang, kung involved [in illegal drugs], para humaba buhay,” Espenido told reporters at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday.
During the 116th Police Service anniversary in Camp Crame, Espenido was given the PNP’s Individual Award for Anti-Illegal Drugs Operation.