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Saturday, September 02, 2017

Espenido won't be Iloilo City top cop- PNP

MANILA - Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido, one of President Rodrigo Duterte's key anti-drug enforcers, will no longer be Iloilo City's top cop. 
Provincial Police Office 6 head Chief Supt. Cesar Hawthorne Binag announced this Saturday in a press conference at Camp Delgado in Iloilo City. He did not say why. 
Binag said his office received the order from the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame only Friday.
He said Senior Supt. Henry BiƱas of the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office would instead take the Iloilo City post.
ABS-CBN News sought Espenido and PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa for details, but they have yet to respond as of this posting. 
Binag did not go into details about the cancellation of Espenido's assignment but clarified that it has nothing to do with the death of the region's most wanted drug lord, Richard Prevendido, Friday night.
Espenido was chief of police in Albuera, Leyte when Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., died in a pre-dawn raid in his detention cell in November 2016.
Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., whom Duterte also tied to the illegal drug trade, was meanwhile killed in a police operation last July, just months after Espenido was assigned as Ozamiz police chief. 
President Rodrigo Duterte had announced Monday that Espenido would be the new police chief of Iloilo City, which he had once described as the "most shabulized" in the country.
"Your next assignment is Iloilo," Duterte had told Espenido in a speech during the celebration of National Heroes Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery) in Taguig City.
On Wednesday, Dela Rosa said Espenido was designated officer-in-charge of the Iloilo City Police. He said he might also be promoted soon so his rank would suit the post.
While he welcomed Espenido's assignment to his city, he admitted fears for his family's safety, to which the police official responded that he should have nothing to fear if he is not involved in illegal activities.
(c) AbsCbn News

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