Espenido recalled to Region 8 post
posted 1-Dec-2018  ·  
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Even before he could actually take command of the Virac police station, controversial police officer Superintendent Jovie Espenido has been ordered to report to the Police Regional Office No. 8 in Leyte.

Informed sources say the local police command learned of the order from higher headquarters on the same day that a local journalist posted on social media that Espenido was on his way to Bicol.

The directive ordered the officer to report forthwith to the PRO8 headquarters or face sanctions for being absent without leave (AWOL).

It may be recalled that a defeated mayoral candidate in Virac allegedly asked Malacanang to assign then Chief Insp. Espenido here on a special mission, the details of which were not divulged.

No less than PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde confirmed that Espenido's installation as the new chief of Virac municipal police station was effective Oct. 11, 2018, following a stint at Ozamiz City.

In that last assignment, he led a bloody operation in 2017 that led to the killing of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 11 others. His name came up in the news once again on Oct. 8 when Ozamiz City Executive Judge Edmundo Pintac was killed by motorcycle-riding assailants as he was driving home, his police escort having gone on leave without a replacement.

Before he even assumed his post, Supt. Espenido has already vowed to go after politicians involved in illegal drugs and other illegal activities in Catanduanes. “There will be no sacred cows in our campaign,” he allegedly said in a radio interview.

With many Catandunganons waiting with bated breath for his arrival, the police officer never actually set foot on the island although there were rumors that he was already here and was in fact roaming around the 11 towns.

A senior police officer at the Camp Francisco Camacho headquarters of the Catanduanes police told the Tribune that if Espenido was really serious of his reassignment to Virac, he would have reported here within three days after receiving the order.

The Police Provincial Office headed by Senior Superintendent Jonathan Panganiban has already sent a list of five qualified police officers to Mayor Samuel Laynes, who will recommend the next chief of police of the capital town. Senior Inspector Ariel Buraga has been officer-in-charge of the station since the chief of police, Chief Inspector Josefino Titong, was transferred to make way for Espenido, and the acting COP, Chief Inspector Danilo Tenerife, was also reassigned to another police unit.

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