Leonardia on ‘shabulized’ city tag: Espenido may have basis


Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido, head of the Bacolod City Drug Enforcement Unit, may have his basis for labeling Bacolod as “shabulized,” Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said.

Leonardia, however, said the city government has not been remiss in supporting police efforts against criminality and illegal drugs.

“Let’s give it to him because that is his special mission. However, we also take cognizance of the fact that the local police had also done its job,” he also said.

According to the city mayor, the rehabilitation center and the Balay Silangan, which cost P40 million, were intended for the anti-drug campaign. (

“They (police) are also given gasoline allowance amounting to almost half a million every month,” he added.

Leonardia noted that the Bacolod City Police Office is number one in the region in terms of apprehension and confiscation of illegal drugs.

“This means that they are working. We have to give credit to Police Col. Henry Biñas, BCPO director, and the BCPO for lowering the volume of crime in Bacolod by about 33 percent compared to the crime volume in 2018 to 2019,” he said.