For Vice-Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, the assignment of controversial police officer, Maj. Jovie Espenido, who is known for his bloody anti-illegal drugs campaign, in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, is a welcome move.
Only those engaged in illegal activities will not welcome it, Ferrer, who used to be the chairman of the House Committee on Peace and Order, said.
Lt. Col. Joem Malong, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office 6, said yesterday that the assignment of Espenido to the PRO 6 took effect Oct 4.
While Espenido is being projected to be assigned at the Bacolod City Police Office, Malong clarified there is no order yet for him to be assigned at the BCPO, as of this time.
Espenido became controversial for leading a bloody campaign against illegal drugs, including the raid on the houses of former Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and his family in July 2017. Parojinog and 14 others were killed in that operation.
He was also the police chief in Albuera, Leyte, when former mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was killed by policemen in October 2016.
P/Col. Henry Biñas, acting Bacolod City Police Office director, said yesterday that he is still evaluating the position to be given to Espenido, if he will be assigned to BCPO.
The projected assignment of Espenido to BCPO came in the wake of announcement that President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled again to attend the MassKara Festival this month.
In two previous visits of Duterte to Bacolod City, the two persons he had linked to illegal drugs died.
Ferrer said he believes that the reassignment of Espenido has been sanctioned by President Duterte and PNP chief, General Oscar Albayalde.
“For me, as long as they will perform, they have no problem with me,” he said.*
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