Iloilo police overhauled with Espenido’s arrival

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Chief Inspector Jovie R. Espenido is now officially assigned at the Police Regional Office (PRO) in Region 6 (Western Visayas) following his stint at the Police Regional Office (PRO 10) in Northern Mindanao.

PRO 6 spokesperson Gilbert Gorero said Special Order 8834 from the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP) dated Aug. 29 relieved Espenido from his previous post and reassigned him to PRO 6.

The order was received by PRO 6 Tuesday evening.

“His designation will follow after his courtesy call on PRO6,” Gorero said in a text message.

Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) director, Senior Superintendent Remus Zacharias Canieso, was also relieved from his post and was promoted as chief directorial staff (CDS) of PRO 6 by virtue of Special Order 8833.

He will replace Senior Superintendent Nolasco K. Bathan as CDS who, in turn, will be assigned to PRO Calabarzon as acting deputy regional director for operations (DRDO).

Canieso’s relief has nothing to do with the transfer of Espenido as he personally asked for a transfer as a prerequisite to a higher position during the visit of PNP chief, Director-General Ronald Dela Rosa on Aug. 14, Gorero said.

PRO 6 deputy director, Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay, was temporarily designated as officer-in-charge (OIC) of the ICPO.

On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that the next assignment of Espenido will be in Iloilo to help in the fight against illegal drugs.

Espenido’s reassignment in this region was warmly received by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, who was earlier linked by President Duterte to illegal drugs.

Mabilog, in a previous interview, welcomed Espenido’s assignment here so he could report to President Duterte what the city government has done to address the issue on illegal drugs. (PNA)