PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald Dela Rosa said Monday that it was President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to recall the supposed assignment of Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido to Iloilo, which he earlier tagged as the “most shabulized” city in the country.
He said Duterte considered the clamour of the people in Ozamiz City for Espenido to stay as their chief of police.
“The main reason is...Si presidente mismo nag-bigay ng instruction na huwag muna ituloy (ang reassignment ni Espenido) dahil nga ma-demoralize ‘yung mga tao sa Ozamiz kung tanggalin si Espenido doon,” said Dela Rosa.
“At may mga balita na mag-people power pa kapag inalis si Espenido. Kaya nagbago isip ni Presidente kaya pagbigyan muna mga taga Ozamiz huwag muna alisin si Espenido doon,” he added.
Dela Rosa clarified that Espenido’s rank was not even discussed during his meeting with Duterte.
Espenido’s rank is two levels lower than the desired rank for a chief of police in a highly-urbanized city.
He said that even if Duterte decided not to recall his order, the PNP’s policy will be "adjusted" to follow his preference.
“It’s not an issue ‘yung kanyang pagka-under rank. Hindi ‘yun issue kung bakit hindi siya natuloy,” said Dela Rosa.
Duterte announced the re-assignment of Espenido as Iloilo City police chief following their operations against Ozamiz City Mayor Parojinog who was among the President’s drugs watchlist.
Prior to leading the Ozamiz City police, Espenido also led the operation that killed Albuera Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa.
Duterte said he is hoping Espenido will help Iloilo City stop its problem on illegal drugs implicating its Mayor, Jed Mabilog, as a drug protector. (SunStar Philippines)