Dela Rosa on Espenido being in drug watchlist: “I am vouching for his integrity.”
Marje Pelayo • February 20, 2020 • 566
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ronald dela Rosa wants to know the person who included the name of P/Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido in the government’s drug watchlist or list of cops linked to illegal drug trade.
Senator dela Rosa said it surprised him to hear that Espenido’s name was on the list when it wasn’t the case when he was still the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
“Hindi ko nakita noong panahon ko, otherwise, hindi ko iyan i-a-appoint (I didn’t see (his name) during my time, otherwise, I wouldn’t have appointed him),” the Senator said.
Dela Rosa transferred Espenido from Albuera, Leyte to Ozamiz City.
Espenido spearheaded the raids that resulted in the killing of then Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and the downfall of the Parojinog drug chain.
Given Espenido’s service history, dela Rosa expressed doubt as to how his name ended up in the President’s drug watchlist.
“Saan galing yan? Lumabas lang out of thin air? (Where did it come from? Did it appear out of thin air?),” the former PNP Chief said.
He urged that the PNP leadership should investigate how it happened, adding that there might be a ‘syndicate’ inside the PNP who wanted to dishonor their comrades.
“Dapat ungkatin ng PNP kung sino ang gumawa ng report na iyan, most likely sindikato na pulis ang gumawa noon (The PNP should investigate who made that report. It’s most likely a syndicate of cops who did that),” dela Rosa noted.
“Dahil kung andyan pa iyang mga pulis na iyan most likely meron na naman iyang gagawing kalokohan sa ibang kasamahan nila na makakalaban nila (Because if those cops are still in position, most likely they will repeat their follies against other cops who oppose them),” the Senator added.
Senator dela Rosa clarified that Espenido still has his full trust and similar to President Duterte, he doesn’t believe Espenido is involved in illegal drugs trade.
“He is my man I am vouching for his integrity,” dela Rosa said of Espenido.
“Kilala ko siya na matino siya (I have known him as a straight cop),” he concluded. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
Senators Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and Manny Pacquiao reiterated their support for the reimposition of death penalty for heinous crimes.
During Senate’s regular session on Wednesday (July 29), Pacquiao said reinstating death penalty in the country will not be illegal in the eyes of God.
The Senator previously filed a bill that would impose death penalty on heinous crimes which include manufacturing and trafficking dangerous drugs.
“Hindi po labag sa mata ng gobyerno, sa mata ng Panginoon. Dahil biblically po, allowed po ang gobyerno (It is not illegal in the eyes of the government, in the eyes of the Lord. Because, biblically, the government is allowed to do so) the authority, which is established by God to impose heinous crimes especially death penalty,” Pacquiao said.
Meanwhile, during his privilege speech, Dela Rosa reiterated that reimposing death penalty would be the solution in stopping drug lords and the continuing drug activities inside detention facilities.
The Senator also noted that crime rate has dropped when death penalty was imposed in 1993. He also said that the drug problem is also considered as a global pandemic which should also be prioritized.
“It is also considered a global pandemic itong drug problem. So, hindi naman siguro ibig sabihin na porke tayo may kinakaharap na global pandemic na COVID-19, hihinto na lang tayo sa paggawa ng ibang batas para sa ibang mga issues na kinakaharap ng ating lipunan (This drug problem is also considered as a global pandemic. Just because we are facing the COVID-19 pandemic does not mean we would stop making laws for other issues faced by society),” he said.
Dela Rosa was appointed as a member of a Senate panel under the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights after Senator Sherwin Gatchalian relinquished his seat.
The said Senate panel will vote on bills including the reimposition of death penalty in the country. However, panel chairman Senator Richard Gordon said the bill should be discussed at the proper time.
“I will not sponsor it because I do not believe in it. We will take it up at the proper time,” he said. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)
MANILA, Philippines – Hindi pa rin umano tumitigil sa kalakalan ng iligal na droga ang self-confessed drug lord na si Kerwin Espinosa.
Sa ekslusibong ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan sa UNTV Ito Ang Balita ngayong Miyerkules, sinabi ni Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido na tuloy pa rin si Espinosa sa pagbebenta ng iligal na droga kahit naka-detine ito sa pasilidad ng National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Katunayan aniya nito ay ang pagkakapaslang sa ilan nitong tauhan, kabilang na ang isang nagngangalang Ryan Labandaria, sa isang operasyon ng Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) at National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) sa Lower Bicutan, Taguig City noong May 23.
Nakumpiska sa naturang operasyon ang nasa 12 kilo ng hinihinalang shabu na nagkakahalaga ng P81.6 milyon.
Sinabi rin ni Espenido na mga tauhan rin ni Espinosa ang dalawang magkapatid na sina Angelica at Maria Lyn Tulio na nahuli sa sinalakay na warehouse sa Marilao, Bulacan noong nakaraang linggo kasama ang isang Chinese national na nakilalang si Yuwen Cai.
Nakuha sa mga ito ang nasa 827 kilo ng hinihinilang shabu na nagkakahalaga ng P5.1 bilyon.
Inihayag rin ni Espenido na isa rin sa mga drug courier ni Espinosa si Danny Apiga na pinaslang sa Macapagal Boulevard kamakailan kasama ang isang Chinese national na si Jin Long Cai, na anak naman umano ng Chinese drug suspect na nahuli sa Bulacan.
“Mga tauhan lahat ni mayor, yung Ryan galing yan sa Albuera. Courier yan courier, mga kinuha yan,” ani Espenido.
Ayon naman sa hepe ng PDEG na si Brigadier General Romeo Caramat, patuloy pa nilang sinusuri ang natanggap nilang impormasyon ukol kay Espinosa.
“Meron kaming unvalidated info pero vini-verify pa namin to be sure,” ani Caramat.
Naniniwala si Espenido na hindi naging hadlang kay Espinosa ang pagkakadetine nito dahil mas lumawak pa ang drug operation nito.
“Powerful na eh, mas grabe ka-powerful s’ya kung i-compare mo noong una. Mas powerful s’ya ngayon kasi, yung nga, naka-detain na nakalaro pa,” ayon sa opisyal.
“Actually Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Pasay at saka Taguig ang area nila. Actually ang mga tao dito sa Albuera, lahat dinala ni Kerwin doon sa Luzon,” dagdag pa niya.
Si Espenido ang nanguna sa mga raid na inilunsad ng pulisya sa mga bahay ng mag-amang Espinosa noong 2016 noong siya pa ang hepe ng Albuera Police sa Leyte.
Nasawi sa operasyon ang ama ni Kerwin na si Rolando Espinosa Senior na alkalde noon ng bayan ng Albuera. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
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