THE Police Regional Office (PRO)-Northern Mindanao received the relief order of Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido from the national headquarters in Camp Crame on Tuesday, August 29.
In the special order dated August 29, Espenido was ordered relieved from his post as chief of police of Ozamiz City and is reassigned to PRO-Western Visayas effective the same day.
"Travel (the shortest route) by land, water and/or air transportation is authorized," the order said.
President Rodrigo Duterte has publicly announced the new assignment of Espenido in Iloilo City last Monday.
PRO-Northern Mindanao spokesperson Superintendent Lemuel Gonda said the deputy commander of Ozamiz City Police will assume as officer-in-charge as Espenido's replacement has not been disclosed yet.
"Ing-ana manang mga officers (Our officers) come and go. Wala man tay pili pag sugo sa commander in chief ug wala pud tay mahimo (We can’t be choosy if it’s the order of the commander in chief and we can’t do anything about it)," Gonda said.
Gonda said the government's war on drugs and the police's anti-criminality campaign should continue in Ozamiz City.
"Padayon lang gihapon atong pagtuman sa mandato batok sa illegal drugs. Padayon ang monitoring diha sa Ozamiz (Our mandate against illegal drugs shall continue. The monitoring in Ozamiz continues)," Gonda added.
Gonda said that during Espenido's stint as chief of police in Ozamiz, the illegal drug trade had somehow been neutralized.
It can be recalled that Ozamiz City mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and 14 others were killed in the anti-illegal drug operation led by Espenido last July 30.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City was linked last year by Duterte to the narcotics trade along with Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. of Albuera, Leyte province and Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. of Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental.
Both Espinosa and Parojinog are dead.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 30, 2017.