Controversial ‘drug war’ cop Espenido out of Bacolod

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For some undisclosed reason, Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido, deputy director for operations of the Bacolod City Police Office, has been relieved from his post.

His relief came after the Philippine National Police (PNP) removed 14 police officials, with ranks from police lieutenant colonel to brigadier general, over various pending cases on February 5 as part of the latest reshuffle ordered by PNP chief General Archie Gamboa.

Espenido has been recalled to the national police headquarters in Camp Crame and reassigned to the Office of the PNP Chief, according to the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management. (

Among those relieved have past or pending cases involving drugs and corruption.

In October last year, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Espenido’s reassignment to Bacolod City with the specific goal of eradicating illegal drugs in the city.

Espenido was the police chief of Ozamiz City prior to his Bacolod reassignment.