From Parojinog to Cua: Duterte unleashes drug buster to Catanduanes

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Controversial cop Ozamiz City Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido will be soon be reassigned in Catanduanes.

In a copy of memorandum obtained by Politiko, Police Director Lyndon Cubos informed the Philippine National Police Regional Office-5 that Espenido will be assigned in Catanduanes.

According the said memo, the transfer of Espenido is pursuant to the “verbal instruction of CPNP.”

“Please be informed that reassignment order will be issued to PCINSP JOVIE R. ESPENIDO from PRO 10 to PRO 5. He will be assigned to Cantanduanes PPO,” the memorandum, dated Oct. 11, read.

Espenido has been assigned in towns whose mayors were tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as “narco-politicians.”

Espenido has been serving as Chief of Police of Ozamiz City since December 2016. In July 2017, Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. Parojinog and 14 others, including his wife, were killed in a police drug raid.

Espenido previously served as the police chief of Albuera, Leyte, whose former mayor, Rolando Espinosa Sr., was shot dead by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group agents inside his detention cell in Baybay City in November 2016.

To recall, in November 2016, a mega shabu laboratory in Virac, Catanduanes was discovered and raided by the police. It was found to have equipment capable of producing up to 9.6 tons of shabu a month.

Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua’s name was even dragged to the mega shabu lab controversy. Cua vehemently denied all the accusations.