Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido will remain with the Ozamiz City Police Station to finish his job before being reassigned to another area, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa said yesterday.
Espenido’s mission is to stabilize the situation in the city and go after rogues in uniform who were believed to have followed the late Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr.’s order to summarily-execute policemen who tried to go after the Parojinog’s criminal activities, including their involvement in illegal drug trafficking.
President Rodrigo Duterte last Wednesday offered a P2 million bounty for each of the policemen who worked with the Parojinogs.
Journal Group sources said some former policemen, who were “sentenced to death” by the mayor in the past but managed to escape their assassins, are set to give their statement to officials tasked by Dela Rosa to carry out the presidential order.
Dela Rosa admitted he is now receiving several requests for Espenido to be transferred to their city or province. “I was just responding to the demand or request. Marami kasing lugar na nagre-request na doon i-transfer si Espenido, pero sabi ko, tapusin muna ‘yung trabaho niya diyan sa Ozamiz,” the PNP chief said.
The top cop said he would let Espenido “stabilize” Ozamiz City first before giving him a new assignment. Espenido was among the officers, who led the July 30 dawn raid, that led to the killing of 16 people, including Mayor Parojinog , his wife Susan and two siblings.