Amid retaliation fears: Espenido to stay in Ozamiz, lead probe on Parojinog cops

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  • PNP chief said Ozamiz City police chief to stay in his position
  • He said Ozamiz residents afraid of retaliation from Parojinogs, are opposing his transfer
  • Espenido to also lead probe on cops working for Parojinogs

MANILA, Philippines – PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa will let Ozamiz City police chief Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido stay in his position due to popular demand by the residents themselves.

“I was just responding to the demand o request, marami kasing lugar na nagre-request na doon i-transfer si Espenido,” he told GMA News. “Sabi ko, tapusin muna ‘yung trabaho niya diyan sa Ozamiz.”

[I was just responding to the demand or request, there were many who requested for Espenido to be transferred to their place. I said, let him finish his job there in Ozamiz.]

According to Dela Rosa, the residents want Espenido to stay for fear the Parojinogs and their armed groups would retaliate.

“‘Yung mga tao sa Ozamiz nagre-react, ayaw nila pumayag na umalis siya doon. Baka biglang rumesbak ‘yung Kuratong Baleleng, Ozamiz group, maghasik ng lagim doon,” he said.

[The people in Ozamiz are reacting, they don’t want him to leave. The Kuratong Baleleng, Ozamiz group might take revenge and stir up trouble.]

“So gusto rin nila safe ‘yung lugar nila kaya sila ang number one nago-oppose kung ilipat natin si Espenido,” he added.

[They are number one in opposing the transfer of Espenido because they want their place to stay safe.]

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos, on the other hand, said Espenido will be the one to lead the probe on the policemen allegedly working for the Parojinogs.

“We will back track on how many decades how many years has this group been going. They are the ones conducting their activities there so we will look into it who are possibly involved,” he said.