And we all thought the Espenido- Mabilog saga was already over.
Police Inspector Jovie Espenido’s transfer to Iloilo was cancelled, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte clarified that he did not order the head of Ozamiz City to be the chief of police in Iloilo City.
"Alam ko wala pa siyang ranggo. Ako nagpipirma ako ng appointment pati promotion," President Rodrigo Duterte told reporters on Tuesday. "When he was in Ozamiz, he was not really the.. may police chief doon. In-assign lang siya para solbahin ang stranglehold ng droga." *
|President Duterte and Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog ( photo credit to abs-cbn website)
The President said that he can assign Espenido anywhere, but not as police chief.
In relation to Iloilo being the most ‘ shabulized city ‘ the President yesterday made a statement that Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog was trying to fool him by raising a bounty for the neutralization of Western Visayas alleged drug lord Richard Prevendido, who was recently neutralized in a police operation.
”Bumilib lang ako sa kanya, kasi matapang siya. Sabi niya, bigyan daw niya ng one million ‘yung taong makapagturo sa kanila ang mga drug people,”
”Hindi ka bumilib sa kanya? Na bigyan ko kayo ng isang milyon kung mahanap ninyo ako --- ako… Bobolahin pa ako ng p***** i** niya. ‘Wag mo akong s****** ng ganun. Katagal ko na sa gobyerno na ito. Ililibing na nga ako eh.”
Duterte was referring to the P1.1 million bounty raised by the Iloilo City government, Iloilo provincial government, and the Philippine National Police for the neutralization of Prevendido. Of the total amount of bounty, P500,000 came from the Iloilo City government.
Prevendido and his son Jason were killed in a police operation in Barangay Balabago, Jaro, Iloilo last Friday.
The President has tagged Mabilog as an alleged protector of the drug trade in the city, a claim that the mayor has denied. *
Duterte said proof of Mabilog’s links to the drug trade was the latter’s house, which he said was even more grandiose than the Malacanang Palace.
“It was because of drugs. Where else would he get the money from, his business?” Duterte said.
Report from abs-cbn news website