Joe III wants cops to protect city from crimes, drugs


Outgoing Mayor Jose “Joe” Espinosa III has instructed the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agencies (PDEA) to keep the city safe from criminals and drug personalities.

Espinosa issued the statement during Monday’s flag raising ceremony at the City Hall grounds where he turned over four brand new motorcycles to ICPO and two multipurpose vehicles to the ICPO Women and Children’s Protection Desk and PDEA.

“This is a manifestation that this administration focuses on the anti-illegal drugs and anti-criminality campaign. I appeal to the police and PDEA to protect our women, children and our people from drugs and criminality,” according to him.

Espinosa attributed the city’s improvements to the efforts against drugs and criminality.

“When I sat as mayor I gave PDEA, police, and other inter-agencies because I promised President Duterte that this city would be declared cleared of drugs,” he added.

Espinosa, who lost to lone district Rep. Jerry Treñas in the last midterm elections, asked the new administration to fight against illegal drugs and criminality to ensure no drugs lords would operate in the city.