By By Fernan A. Gianan
PNP: Don’t fear Espenido
posted 21-Oct-2018  ·  
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“Espenido is just one, what’s so special about that person? Lahat naman ng pulis nagtatrabaho, hindi lang si Espenido. Kung talagang wala tayong ginagawa na labag sa batas, bakit matatakot? Kahit sino pang maging chief of police, bakit matatakot?” PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde remarked to national media last week following his reassignment of Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido from Ozamiz City to Catanduanes.

Indeed, there is nothing to fear from the controversial police officer, especially if you are doing nothing wrong, not involved in illegal activities or, more importantly, do not fight back.

As far as majority of Catandunganons are concerned, there are no drug lords here, especially after the shabu lab in Virac was raided. What is in abundance here are illegal gamblers engaging in lotteng or ending, illegal cutters of trees, thieves and robbers, and an unending supply of grafters, elected or not.

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A profile done by online news purveyor Rappler in 2017 provides a good glimpse of Espenido.

Born in San Miguel, Surigao to the seaside town’s vice mayor, Vicente Espenido, and his barangay captain wife, he lived a privileged childhood.

He took a two-year course to become a mechanic, got married in 1990 and became a policeman six years later, while he managed a sari-sari store in Ormoc, Leyte where he and his wife settled with her parents.

Lawmen asking the store for protection money and a robbery that forced the store to close spurred him to join the PNP through its lateral entry program. In 2017, he received an award from President Duterte himself for lowering all crimes in Ozamiz City, except for murder and homicide.

A devout Seventh Day Adventist, Espenido believes the laws of the land came from God himself.

"God is a god of order kasi, lahat ng mangyari, sa panginoon nakalagay," he told Rappler.

"Sabi sa Romans 13, respetuhin niyo ang authority, the authority, Diyos ang nagbigay n'on, Diyos ang nagbigay ng pahintulot n'on, so kami authority," he said. "Dapat ang mga tao magrespeto sa amin kasi kami ang mandate ng Panginoon na mag-implement ng batas na galing sa 10 commandments."

Citing the PNP manual, he said the police is mandated to kill especially in defending people who are in danger and in protecting themselves.

"Open ako sa chief PNP, gusto ko. Ipapakita ko sa lahat ng tao na kaya ng pulis na malinis [sa] isang iglap lang, isang pitik lang, ang problema," Espenido said of his desire to become PNP chief. "Sa akin lang, pagbigyan lang ako ng pagkakataon na tumulong, na maglead. Malayo na ang two years sa akin, malayo lang ang two years sa akin. Lahat ng illegal, I tell you."

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Through this column, the management of the Tribune wishes Governor Joseph Cua a very happy birthday. The governor, together with Vice Gov. Shirley Abundo, filed his Certificate of Candidacy at the COMELEC provincial office Tuesday afternoon, and then graced his well-attended birthday celebration at the Catanduanes Convention Center that same evening.

Congratulations are also in order for DILG Catanduanes provincial director Uldarico “Jun” Razal, who has been promoted to LGOO VII, and Alyssa Joy Bagadiong, daughter of PIA Infocen manager Edna Bagadiong, for passing the PhilSAT entrance exam for would-be lawyers.

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THE BEAUTIFUL GAME. Halfway through the first half of a school football game, the coach calls one of his nine-year old players aside and asks, “Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?”

The little boy nods in the affirmative.

“Do you understand that what matters is whether we win or lose together as a team?” demands the coach.

The little boy nods.

“So,” the coach continues. “I’m sure you know, when you’re called offside, you shouldn’t argue, swear, attack the ref or call him an idiot. Do you understand all that?”

Again the little boy nods.

The coach continues, “And when I take you off so another boy gets a chance to play, it’s not good sportsmanship to call your coach a twit, is it?”

Again the little boy agrees.

“Good,” says the coach. “Now go over there and explain all that to your dad.”


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