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Espenido willing to face probe for defying PNP gag order

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Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido is willing to be investigated for defying the gag order of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa, according to the Police Regional Office in Western Visayas (PRO 6).

Espenido held a press conference in Bacolod on February 19 and also entertained an interview in Iloilo the next day.

Regional director Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan said Espenido welcomes the investigation in connection with the gag order.

Last week, Pamuspusan summoned Espenido for his explanation. (https://bit.ly/3c8FE1T)

“I asked for his explanation why he had a press con in Bacolod despite the instruction of no less than our chief PNP for us to just wait for the announcement of Camp Crame regarding the (narco) list. I asked him to report to me personally last week and asked him his reasons for this inappropriate conduct of a press con because this is not authorized and not sanctioned by our leadership,” according to the top cop.

In their meeting, Pamuspusan said Espenido was “very apologetic to the chief PNP.”

But, he told Espenido that the PRO 6 still needs to follow the regulation of the PNP. “I have already reported to the chief PNP. We have made Lt. Col. Espenido explain his actions and if warranted, we will proceed with (the) administrative case against him.”