MANILA, Philippines — PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa revealed the reason behind President Rodrigo Duterte’s cancellation of Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido’s transfer to Iloilo City.
“If we remove Espenido there, the people might be demoralized and they might even conduct protest if we will transfer Espenido. That is the reason why the president change his mind and said that give residents a chance,” he said.
Espenido previously said he still has unfinished business in Ozamiz City.
“‘Andyan pa ung kapatid ni Aldong, pamangkin ni Aldong na mga leaders organized crime group dito sa Ozamiz ( There is still the sibling of [Mayor] Aldong, and his nephews who are leaders of organized crime groups in Ozamiz),” said Espenido.
Also, the PNP chief confirmed the existing threat from the Parojinog supporters in the City.
Dela Rosa also agreed that Espenido should stay in Ozamiz City because he said Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is doing well in the fighting against illegal drugs in Iloilo City.
Last week, the police killed one of Iloilo’s most wanted drug personality, Richard Prevenido.
“As compared before, it is running good. I hope this will continue,” Dela Rosa said.
Although Dela Rosa is pleased with what is happening Iloilo, he said he will not relax unless illegal drug trade is totally eradicated not only in Iloilo but in the entire country. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue